Nonmarital Dissolution Lawyer | Woodland Hills
In California, both marriages and domestic partnerships are regulated by the family code. Unmarried, cohabiting partners do not have the same legal rights as married couples and domestic partners. However, there is legal precedent in California for an unmarried individual to be awarded property and financial support from his or her former partner after their relationship ends. This kind of support is often referred to as "palimony".
The most famous non-marital property and palimony case in California is Marvin vs. Marvin.
Do you have questions or concerns about nonmarital dissolution? Are you seeking property or support? Do you need to oppose property claims or support claims? Contact the Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser in Woodland Hills. Talk to an experienced family law attorney who can give you the information and answers you need.
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Marvin vs. Marvin involved the actor Lee Marvin and his longtime companion, Michelle Triola. After living together for many years, she sued for property rights and support rights when the relationship ended. The court ruled in Lee Marvin's favor, but the decision was overturned by the California Supreme Court, citing not family law but contract law.
Today, so-called Marvin actions or Marvin claims can be a viable option for individuals seeking property or support rights in the wake of an unsuccessful live-in relationship. Also, where unmarried couples purchase property together and later disagree on breakup about division of that property, they can seek relief in Court. We refer to both types of cases as nonmarital dissolution cases.
There are no statutory laws specifically addressing the property rights of nonmarital partners. So it is essential for anyone hoping to obtain his or her fair share of jointly owned or acquired property from a nonmarital cohabitation relationship to get legal help from an attorney skilled in both family and contract law.
If you are ending a nonmarital relationship and are involved in a controversy about who is going to get what, whether you are the one seeking property or palimony or the one fighting a property or palimony action, or if you co-own property with a former boyfriend or girlfriend and want to get your share or want to oppose your former boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s property claims, call or e-mail Warner Center Law Offices’ Family Law attorney, Donald F. Conviser, today.
Our attorney, at Warner Center Law Offices, has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of family law and nonmarital dissolutions and welcomes clients throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.