Can co-habitating partners file for bankruptcy together? 9 Answers as of February 04, 2011

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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Law Offices of Michael J. Berger
Law Offices of Michael J. Berger | Michael J. Berger
You must be married to file a joint bankruptcy petition. Living together is not enough.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/4/2011
Maclean Chung Law Firm
Maclean Chung Law Firm | David H. Chung
You need to be married. You cannot file together merely because you live together.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/30/2010
Gus Johnson Attorney at Law
Gus Johnson Attorney at Law | Gus Johnson
No, they cannot.
Answer Applies to: South Dakota
Replied: 11/24/2010
Mankus & Marchan, LTD
Mankus & Marchan, LTD | Tony Mankus
You have to be legally married to file a joint bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 11/24/2010
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
You cannot file bankruptcy jointly unless you are legally married and that marriage is recognized under Federal law.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/23/2010
    Sussman & Associates
    Sussman & Associates | Mitchell Sussman
    No, they must be married.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/23/2010
    Ursula G. Barrios Law
    Ursula G. Barrios Law | Guillermo Machado
    You must be married in order to file a joint bankruptcy.Otherwise, it is two separate bankruptcies. You may contact my office for a free consultation. If you both need to file, I will take that into account when quoting and discounting your fees so that you don't feel like it's too much.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/23/2010
    Royzman Law Firm
    Royzman Law Firm | Natella Royzman
    Unfortunately, only married couples can file a joint bankruptcy petition. If you and your girlfriend both need to file, you should each do so separately.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/23/2010
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