Plus, you'd get to eat dinner together every night, spend lazy Sunday afternoons spooning on the couch, and you'd have round-the-clock access to his gentle wit and heavenly foot massages. All this, and you'd cut your living expenses in half! Hold Up! Before you start packing, it's important to think about what cohabitating really means. First and foremost, it's a huge commitment, says Nina Atwood, a Dallas-based psychotherapist and author of "Date Lines: Communication From Hello to I Do and Everything in Between." "Couples often talk about moving in together from a strictly logistical perspective, rather than acknowledging that this is a life-altering step. But moving in with the wrong person can be as traumatic as marrying the wrong person," So before you co-sign that lease, sit down with your partner and ponder if a cohabitation contract is necessary.
Co-Habitation. Are you Ready?
A "cohabitation contract" is a legal agreement between partners that stipulates how to handle their assets in the event of a breakup. It can be as simple as a statement that both parties will leave the relationship with the property they brought to it and split any joint assets down the middle, or it can be a lengthy, complex document that identifies exactly which individual pieces of joint property each person will keep. Contract or not, are YOU ready to give up your sopt on the couch and worry about his messy laundry to take this next step?