Cougar Women aren't rushing to the altar and they are not alone.. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with Time Magazine, four out of ten Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete. Conversely, the Pew Research survey reports, cohabitation–where couples live together as unmarried partners–is on the rise.
You may deliberately fore go the formalities of marriage, but depending on where you live, or where you move to, the legal obligations you owe your partner are all too familiar. The rights and obligations of unmarried partners vary significantly from state to state, and in some cases, mirror the rights and obligations of married spouses.
If you are living with a partner, or thinking about living with a partner, you should seriously consider entering into a cohabitation agreement (a.k.a. a "living together" agreement) designating the extent to which each partner is responsible for joint expenses and ultimately to each other.
This is a delicate subject I know. When you're in love you don't want to think of all the what if's. But this piece of paper can protect you and I suggest you look into it. For more information read this article by Roberts S.Cohen one of New York's best divorce lawyers.