Can your bf/gf legally live with you even if they're not married to you or won't be?

What financial rules come with this? Do they have to share a bank account or something? Do they get paid less?

9 Answers

  • Jewel
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's called "cohabitation", it happens all the time, is perfectly legal, and there are no rules beyond what you set for yourselves.

    You don't have to share a bank account, though many couples do. Every couple has to decide for themselves how to share or split expenses. Generally, the partner who earns more will contribute more financially, but some couples insist on a 50/50 split. Other find it works best to make one partner responsible for certain bills, while the other partner pays the rest. (One may pay the cable and utilities, while the other pays the rent.)

    ANY couple thinking of moving in together--whether they're married or not--should have a serious discussion about money and what will work best for them.

  • 9 years ago

    Anyone can live with you. There are no financial rules and you certainly don't need a joint bank account. In fact, it would be far better if you didn't. Then if something goes wrong and you need to move out, there's no messy untangling of finances. My husband and I still have separate accounts. Many couples just split the bills 50/50, or the person who earns more pays the lion's share of the bills. The only way a boyfriend or girlfriend would get "paid" less is if they're receiving benefits. Then your wage will be factored in. An employer can not reduce someone's pay just because they're living with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • 9 years ago

    That person is considerred to be your room-mate. No legal or financial benefits, but it's of course totally legal to be in a relationship with your roommate. This is Yahoo! Answers for the United States, the law may be different in other counties.

    Wether or not you have roommates should have no effect on your salary. However, some religious employers are allowed to fire you if they find out you are cohabitating, so make sure any job you are hoping for does not have a morality clause. You and your roommate can sign up for a joint account, but I would wait until after you've lived together for at least a year, and only use it for rent and shared expenses, keep your personal accounts personal and private until you are married. You paycheck should always go to your personal account and the joint account should only be there to make paying rent and bills easier, but it is certainly not necessary.

  • 9 years ago

    Anyone can live with you.. Before you are married you are looked at as two separate citizens. From a legal standpoint, two non married people living in a house together are simply room mates. Obviously, you will not take a pay deduction and will not have to share a bank account.

    For legal reasons, both people must be on a lease (if you are leased).. you're just two separate tenants.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It depends on where you live.

    In the civilized world, they absolutely can live with you. People do it all the time. There aren't any rules about it. From a legal standpoint you would just be considered roommates, and how you handle your finances are up to you.

    In some Muslim countries, cohabitation with someone without being married is a serious crime, that can be punished by death. If you are living in one of those countries, you should move to a country that doesn't have its head up their ***.

  • lola
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Yes, they can live with you. No, you don't have to share a bank account with them.

    Why would you think they'd get paid less, just because they're living with you? An employer isn't allowed to change what they pay you, simply because your living situation/relationship status has changed.

  • 9 years ago

    Legally, yes

    Shared accounts, no

    Paid less? well it depends on the job they have.

    The only way your bf/gf will not be allowed to live with you is if you have religious parents who think it's not right. "Shacking" up is the phrase.

  • Poodie
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Yes, of course. Financially, it would be stupid to share a bank account. Save that for marriage. There are no protections for unmarried couples living together.

  • 9 years ago

    I live with my fiance. Literally nothing about our lives has changed except now we pay bills together.

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