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Legal Topics: Unmarried Couples and Cohabitation

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes, index topics: Cohabitation, Domestic Partners
  • Definition of Marriage, Minn. Stat. §517.01. Common law marriage was abolished by the 1941 amendment, 1941 Minn. Laws Chapter 459.
  • Resources: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Living Together, from Nolo.
  • Living Together, from Findlaw.
  • Books for Non-Lawyers on Family Law Topics, selected from the Law Library's collection.
  • Home Ownership and Unmarried Couples, from GPSolo magazine.
  • Living together: a legal guide for unmarried couples / by Toni Ihara, Ralph Warner & Frederick Hertz. KF538 .I35 2008.
  • Related Topics: Child Custody; Marriage; Paternity; Same-Sex Marriage.


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    Minnesota State Law Library: Legal Topics: Unmarried Couples and Cohabitation
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