Before you walk down the aisle, you might want to check to see if you are better off financially by not getting married.
For instance, some of your deductions may be limited if you combine your incomes.
Or if one of you has a college-bound kid, your ability to receive financial aid may diminish if your combined incomes are too high.
So make sure your will, health care proxy and power of attorney all have your loved one it them. Same goes for the beneficiary selections on all retirement accounts.
You can also create your own version of pre-nuptial agreements.
Once you've done all that, your partner basically has all the rights of a spouse.
So think it through & talk to a tax professional first because there's no need to share the love with Uncle Sam too.