Can co-habitating partners file for bankruptcy together? How? 18 Answers as of May 15, 2015

My girlfriend and I live together and have done so for 10 years. We do not believe in marriage but are for all practical purposes married. Can we file for bankruptcy together or do you have to be married?

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Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
You have to be married. No getting around this.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/15/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
You have to be married to file a joint petition.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/14/2015
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
Only married couples can file a joint bankruptcy. ?Cohabitating couples can file bankruptcy at the same time and it will simplify things a bit but you'll both have to pay a filing fee and probably more to the attorney than in a joint case (because all the paperwork, etc. is doubled)
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 5/13/2015
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
You cannot unless you are married or have completed a domestic union under California law.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/13/2015
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
Marriage is a requirement for filing bankruptcy jointly.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
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