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Cohabitation, Palimony and Non-Marital Relationships

The Courts Take Non-Marital Relationships Seriously

Unlike marriage dissolution, cohabitation and palimony agreements are based on contract law. The basic question is whether the parties shared an expressed or implied agreement regarding the sharing of assets. If you are considering entering into a cohabitation arrangement in which substantial personal wealth or property is involved, a cohabitation agreement can help prevent litigation should the relationship change or dissolve.

California has taken a leading role in domestic partnership law. We have been advising and representing  clients on these issues since 1995.

Because cohabitation and non-marital relationships extend beyond the parameters of California family law, it is important to have an attorney who has extensive experience handling matters in civil court should litigation commence. In order to try to avoid litigation the parties can enter into a cohabitation agreement defining their respective rights, the terms of which shall be treated as a contract in civil court. Generally, issues such as length of relationship and accustomed standard of living are not relevant.

Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers pairs with legal professionals who have extensive experience in matters involving contract law and civil litigation. We work together to ensure that your cohabitation agreement protects your rights and your interests. We have drafted cohabitation agreements involving multimillion-dollar estates and have represented many of the region’s most successful professionals.

Contact us to schedule an opportunity to discuss your legal needs relating to domestic partnerships, same-sex relationships and cohabitation.