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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cohabitation

Minnesota has a “Cohabitation Statute” (Minn. Stat. s. 513.075) stating that a contract between a man and a women who are living together out of wedlock may be enforced as it deals with property and financial issues so long as the contract is

  • In writing
  • Signed by the parties
  • The parties seek enforcement after the relationship ends.

If the parties fail to properly execute a written agreement, the courts may not hear any disputes related to any financial or property disputes that may arise out of a claim based on the fact that the parties lived together in a sexual relationship and out of wedlock. The statutes specifically address cohabitation agreements between opposite-sex couples.  So, what may a same-sex couple do to protect property and assets upon contemplation of moving in together?


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