When I read the words we put on the page, my stomach started to feel queasy.
I silently recited my mantra (“What would I tell a client to do?”) and put my pen to paper, scrawling my name across the black line. A few minutes later, our co-tenancy agreement was all done.
Without getting too mushy, I have to tell you: I love my boyfriend. He’s one of the most amazing men on the planet, and he’s the best father. I seriously couldn’t have dreamed of a better partner to go through life with.
We aren’t married, though. Maybe we will one day, but the decision is ours to make.
Married or not married, we’ve certainly had a plan. We bought a home a few years ago with three bedrooms and we were lucky enough to have a baby right when we’d planned.
However, as my partner likes to remind me: We make plans, God laughs. Which brings me back to 2012 when I was queasily signing an agreement that spelled out the division of property if things went downhill.
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