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What Is A Joint Petition?

A single petition filed by an individual and the individual's spouse is called a "joint petition." Only people who are married on the date they file may file a joint petition. Unmarried persons, corporations, and partnerships must each file a separate case. If you are an individual and have a business which is not a partnership, corporation or business trust, you should list the name of the business as an alias ("doing business as," or "dba") on your petition. A petition filed in this manner, however, will not be considered a joint petition because the business is not an independently recognized legal entity.

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