April 26, 2011
When unmarried couples split, complications follow
Daniel Emerson and his ex lived together for five years in Washington, D.C. They bought a condo together.
But then, the cohabiting couple broke up.
Emerson, 30, an investment analyst, moved to Boston 18 months ago and his former partner stayed in Washington. She paid most of the mortgage and they split the condo fees, he says.
She recently moved to Denver and declined to be interviewed; Emerson says his former partner will try to find a renter for the condo, but nothing is really worked out. “At the time we purchased it, we didn’t have any expectation of leaving it separately, so there was never any real discussion up front,” he says.
Emerson and a growing number of other cohabiters are finding that not being married doesn’t necessarily make it easier when you split — either emotionally or logistically.