Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples

Living together out of wedlock can mean anything, especially in court — unlike married couples, most unmarried couples don’t automatically inherit or receive protection under the law. Consequently, you must document everything from property ownership and children to wills and other estate plans.

An essential resource for any unmarried couple, Living Together explains:

. the legality of living together
. having and raising children
. the many types of ownership agreements
. relationships with a prior family
. getting authorization to make medical decisions for an ill or injured partner

Living Together includes:

. a complete overview of important legal documents, including a living together contract
. instructions to filling out these documents
. sample forms
. legal agreements

This edition provides the latest law in readable 50-state charts. It also discusses the laws covering same-sex marriages and civil unions, which are often so broad, they affect unmarried heterosexual couples as well.This book is completely updated for 2013, with the latest laws affecting unmarried people in a wide variety of areas–family law, debt and credit, real estate, taxes, medical care, insurance, estate planning, and more.

— Download forms for book at nolo.com

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3 Comments

  1. Excellent Resource and Kindle Read Excellent resource for unmarried couples and a great Kindle read. It contains all the advice, examples and, most importantly to us, forms for jointly purchasing a home and splitting our income and expenses. In addition, there are many useful stories and factoids, including that cohabitation was illegal in all states until 1970. 

  2. Must have for unmarried couples! Glad I got this, there is a lot of good information here. Plus the access to the forms online just seals the deal. I’ve learned a lot and feel prepared to make an informed decision. Sure, this information is available online, but there are so many opinions out there. This book is extremely straight forward and I feel that it is honest.

  3. very helpful Very helpful information. I appreciated the forms, but wish there had’ve been more on the other topics, such as wills, AMD, POA. Worth the buy though!

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