California is a state that does not recognize common law marriage. That is, regardless of the time that you have lived with your partner, the state does not at any point consider you married. Though this is the case, California law does allow rights to both individuals in a cohabitation situation, including same-sex couples. To learn about your property rights under the California cohabitation laws, turn to a lawyer at The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP.
When a breakup occurs involving a relationship where two individuals were living together, a "Marvin action" is filed. It may be possible for a nonmarital partner to receive a share of property earned during the relationship (such as property or pensions). When speaking with a lawyer at our firm, we can further explain how a "Marvin action" may be applicable to your case.
When evaluating a Marvin Action, we look at:
The rights you have, if cohabiting with someone, are either by a written or verbal contract. They are enforceable under law, and our firm is able to represent your interests and advocate for your rights in cohabitation situations. Our Newport Beach family law attorneys take the time to explain the process of enforcing these rights through a lawsuit that is filed in civil court.
We can resolve common issues that cohabitating couples face, including:
When a case involves a verbal contract, it is frequently difficult to prove. However, our firm will investigate the facts and build the strongest case the facts permit.
Our firm specializes in family law and we are well-positioned to handle cohabitation issues. These matters are a hybrid of the two legal areas, encompassing issues of property division and contract issues. Our firm prides itself on its knowledge of the laws and ability to effectively explain your options for seeking a resolution to the matter.
For a consultation with a mediation attorney at The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, call (949) 565-4158 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Orange County, California, including the cities of Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Newport Beach.