Today, millions of people are unmarried and living with a partner – whether they are same sex or not. They are allowed to register with government officials as domestic partnerships. By being formally recognized, they are entitled to benefits, including health care, family leave and pension benefits.
If this is the case, take some time to think of the ground rules involved for a good relationship – communicating and planning can make a big difference in avoiding future problems.
Unless your relationship is rock solid, you may want to consider keeping separate bank accounts, not buying major assets together, avoid making promises you may not be able to keep, etc. It may be wise to draw up a cohabitation agreement, which can help a lot if you and your partner break up down the road.
Agreements are not always easy to draw up without the expertise of an Orange County Family Law attorney – one who will protect your interests.