Orange County Marvin Agreements Attorneys Representing Clients In California
In the state of California, common-law marriages are not recognized. This means that you could have lived with your partner for 20 years and the state will never consider you married. However, couples who have cohabitated, even same-sex couples, do have rights.
At Sarieh Law Offices, we offer years of experience and have helped many cohabitated couples in the past. Here are some of the most common questions we have received:
- What is palimony?
- What is a Marvin Action?
- What are the rights of unmarried couples in California?
What Is Palimony?
Palimony is a combination of the words “pal” and “alimony” and while it is very similar to alimony, palimony is payments between two people who cohabitated as a couple but were never legally married.
Palimony became a word after a 1976 California case that involved the actor Lee Marvin and his longtime girlfriend Michelle Triola. She claimed that Marvin had agreed to financially support if she quit her career and lived with him. When they broke up, she sued for support.
Even though they had no written agreement, the courts sided with her and decided that she had the right to palimony.
What Is A Marvin Action?
If two people were living together and they decide to break up and end their relationship, a “Marvin Action” is filed. A Marvin Action can help a nonmarital partner receive their share of any property that was acquired during the relationship. This can include cars, pensions, and more.
When you work with Sarieh Law Offices, our attorneys will use the following questions to evaluate your case and determine if a “Marvin Action” is applicable:
- How many years did you reside together?
- Was one partner financially supporting the other one?
- How much did each partner contribute to the relationship?
What Are The Rights Of Unmarried Couples In California?
In the state of California, the rights of unmarried couples can be established via a written or verbal contract. These contracts can be legally enforced and will ultimately protect you should the cohabitation arrangement end.
These agreements are quite similar to prenups or postnups in that they address some of the same important issues. These agreements need to specify exactly what will happen to the home, cars, bank accounts, and other assets that are required during the relationship.
With an agreement in place, you save yourself time, money, and a great deal of stress in the event your relationship ends. If you are currently in a cohabitation agreement, you need to take the steps needed to protect yourself as soon as possible.
While some people think these agreements are unromantic, they will protect both parties involved in the long run. If you are not sure how to proceed, a skilled attorney from Sarieh Law Offices can help.
Contact An Orange County Marvin Agreements Law Firm To Learn More
If you were in a long-term relationship and never married, you have rights. At Sarieh Law Offices, we have the legal expertise needed to defend you and your family. Contact us to learn how we can help you by calling us at (714) 542-6200.