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- Bankruptcy and Same Sex Relationships
Two individuals who are not married, regardless of gender, are able to file for bankruptcy separately, and then file a motion for a administrative consolidation of the cases. It is then at the discretion of the judge whether the motion is allowed, partially allowed, or denied.
For same-sex couples living in states that recognize same-sex marriages, it is possible to file a joint bankruptcy petition, so that they only have to pay one filing fee. There is no other difference between a joint petition and two separate petitions that are administratively consolidated.