Financial impact of living together

How state and federal governments view your marriage or domestic partnership can significantly affect:

  • taxation
  • retirement
  • access to government services
  • inheritances
  • insurance
  • health care choices and hospital visitation
  • adoptions
  • parental rights
  • public assistance and educational grants
  • pensions
  • military definitions of family.

Separation, dissolution or divorce for people who have cohabitated as committed couples may also affect:

  • spousal and child support awards
  • child visitation and parenting time
  • division of real property and investments
  • pensions
  • federal taxation.