Property and Palimony Law for Unmarried Cohabitating Partners
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A governmentally recognized marriage, ceremonial or common law, confers numerous legal rights. However, unmarried cohabitating partners have legal options, some of which are briefly discussed in this educational comment. Always consult experienced legal counsel and other professionals in intimate relationship and property situations.
The 1976 California Supreme Court case of unmarried Lee Marvin and Michelle Marvin, a landmark decision, stated:
The fact that a man and woman live together without marriage, and engage in a sexual relationship, does not in itself invalidate agreements between them relating to their earnings, property, or expenses. Neither is such an agreement invalid merely because the parties may have contemplated the creation or continuation of a nonmarital relationship when they entered into it. Agreements between nonmarital partners fail only to the extent that they rest upon a consideration of meretricious [illicit] sexual services. ... We add that in the absen
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