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Liability of Unmarried Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Discussion in 'Auto Accidents, Injuries' started by David Jennings, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. David Jennings

    David Jennings Law Topic Starter New Member

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    In California - if my unmarried, opposite sex partner and I get a joint car insurance policy. (We live together). Could one of us be sued for damages the other caused to a third party. In other words, if I cause an accident, could the injured party sue both of us, even if she wasn't involved? Does a joint insurance policy make a difference?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    It is NEVER a wise choice to get involved financially with anyone but your lawful spouse.

    In some cases, you can get burned by a spouse, so if it is safety, security, and assurance you seek; never entangle your finances with anyone, even a spouse.

    That is why some people execute a prenuptial agreement, or choose NOT to marry anyone or anything.

    I would never commingle my money or assets with anyone to whom I am not married.

    It serves no useful purpose to answer hypotheticals outside of a law school classroom or not in response to a state bar exam.


    It serves no useful purpose to answer hypotheticals outside of a law school classroom or not in response to a state bar exam.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Anyone could be sued by anyone for anything.

    However, being sued and being liable are two very different things, and you're not liable for your boyfriend/girlfriend's negligence just because you have a "joint insurance policy" doesn't change that.
     
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    Being on a joint policy isn't likely to mean anything. Being an owner of a car may expose you to some liability if the car was involved in an accident.
     
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