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Protecting the Rights of Unmarried Partners

Though California does not recognize common law marriage, it does allow individuals who are cohabitating – both same-sex couples and heterosexual couples – to create promises or contracts about support and property rights. If you and your partner have lived together for several years but remain unmarried, agreements about financial support and property may be upheld under California palimony law. Failure to honor these agreements can be contested with a Marvin claim.

If you have questions about your rights or think you may have a valid Marvin claim, The Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith can help. We want to help you take legal action to protect your property or obtain the support you deserve. With over 20 years of experience, our Pasadena Marvin action lawyers understand how to strategically position you for success.

Contact our firm today at (626) 317-6068 to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.

What Is a Marvin Claim?

If you and your partner have been living together for a long time but have not gotten married or later married, you may still have certain rights regarding property ownership and financial support. Any sort of agreement – including oral agreements – between two unmarried cohabitants must be enforced, according to the Supreme Court’s 1976 ruling in Marvin v. Marvin.

How to File a Marvin Claim

To protect your rights to support or property, you can file a Marvin claim. Marvin claims must be brought to court in a civil action.

When assessing a Marvin claim, the court will consider:

  • How long you and your partner lived together
  • Whether either partner supported the other
  • Whether both parties purchased property/contributed to purchases

Although unmarried couples are not afforded all the same protections as married couples, this does not mean you do not have rights. Our Pasadena Marvin action attorneys can explore your case in great detail to determine whether this legal action is appropriate for your situation.

To set up a consultation with The Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith, call us today at (626) 317-6068. We serve clients throughout all of Los Angeles.

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