A few weeks ago B and I co-mingled our funds and opened a joint checking account. While everything I ever learned in my Community Property class should have taught me to never do such a thing, it was the perfect time for us to make this financial decision. Now that I am on the attorney payroll at my office, I have to sign a new contract and also submit my direct deposit.
It took a good hour to sign all of the documents and figure out what would work best for our relationship. We did decide to keep two separate savings accounts. We do not have access to each other's savings which may be legally significant if (heaven forbid) anything were to happen to either of us. It has a lot to do with creditors, etc.
We were both a little nervous as we were sitting there, but as we paused and linked hands on our walk back to the car I could feel that sweet giddy feeling. With every big decision we make together it feels that much closer to the biggest committment of all. We're both starting to wonder how we are going to wait until October 2009!