By Ullian Associates of The Law Firm of Ullian & Associates, P.C. on June 4, 2015
We occasionally have people ask us of they can file a joint bankruptcy petition with their live-in significant other. The answer is no. Only spouses can file a joint bankruptcy petition. Because bankruptcy is federal law, same-sex spouses can file a joint bankruptcy petition regardless of their states' laws on same-sex marriage. Many times significant others are cosigners on debts and you may be liable for each other's debts, but non-married couples cannot file a single bankruptcy. Therefore, if you and your significant other need a bankruptcy, you will each need to file separate bankruptcies. You should consult with a bankruptcy attorney to see if both you and/or your significant other need to file a bankruptcy.
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