Cohabitation Laws in California
California law considers couples in an intimate relationship who live together without the benefit of marriage as cohabitating. While cohabitation was rare in the last century, the most recent census reveals that cohabitation between individuals between ages 18-24 is more common than marriage. Cohabitating couples often build financial interdependence but don’t enjoy the same protections as a couple who are legally wed — especially during separation. Further, unlike some states,…Read More
Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage?
Some couples do not want to go through the process of having their relationship formally recognized by the government. Some cohabitate for so long that the government recognizes a de facto marriage between the couple. Some states permit and acknowledge these de facto marriages – often referred to as common law marriages. If you live in California, however, you will be out of luck if you’re waiting for the state…Read More