Unmarried Couples, Debt, and Property

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When people get married, there are legal rules that apply to the relationship. These rules also control things if their marriage ends in divorce. For example, when married people get divorced, Minnesota law says the stuff they own is divided fairly between them. It doesn’t matter who paid for what. When a couple lives together without getting married these rules do not apply.

If you and your partner don’t want to get married it is a good idea for the two of you to decide what happens with your shared things if your relationship ends or something happens to one of you. If things end up in court, it is a lot easier if you make an agreement from the start.