Unmarried partners don't enjoy the protections and benefits that are unique to marriage. For example, unmarried partners aren't entitled to an intestate share and don't have the statutory right to demand an elective share, as spouses do. Unmarried partners can hold property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, but they can't hold property as tenants-by-the-entirety. State laws don't recognize oral agreements and understandings between unmarried partners. Moreover, the Employee Retire
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