Living your life with someone else without ever getting married might seem like a sweet deal to most. From the sounds of it, you are getting all of the benefits of marriage without signing your life and half of your assets away. And, if something starts to get to you and the relationship just isn’t what you want anymore, you can just walk away from each other with zero obligations, right? That might not be the case. Although the State of California does not normally recognize “common law” marriages, there are certain situations that can be decided and enforced by the court.
The definition of marriage, and the respect of the meaning of it, has definitely morphed into something that is not considered concrete anymore. With this dynamic shift of relationships over time, it is probable that laws surrounding “coupledom” will transform as well. For now, however, living together and not making those legal vows make the “who gets what” part of separating a complete gamble. Depending on the life you have built together (kids and property with years and years behind you), you might be surprised at just how difficult it is to “divorce” someone you never married.
Think of alimony, add a contract, an agreement, or an understanding, and then take out the marriage requirement. That is what Palimony is. Although it is not a legal term, Palimony has become recognized as the division of financial assets between two people who are not legally a couple.
In a divorce, alimony/spousal support is determined based on different factors of the relationship
• Length of the marriage
• Income of each person
• Standard of living
Obviously, each relationship is unique and other dynamics such as age, health, children, ability of a non-working spouse to find work and be able to support themselves successfully come into play. Since there are so many factors involved, coming up with the best solution is similar to calculating a very detailed mathematical equation – only with personalities and often heartbreak involved.
If you are separating from a partner who has been there with you for years and you just do not know where to start, contact Richard M. Renkin & Associates. You may be entitled to receive Palimony to help you keep your life going.
Although the emotions involved in this type of life change are never easy, the separation itself can be made as simple as possible. Don’t struggle on your own trying to figure out how to divvy up assets and real property “fairly”. Involving an attorney is always helpful and can be viewed as a way to simplify an otherwise complicated situation.
Richard M. Renkin & Associates is a specialist in family law. That is all they do, and they are ready to offer support and expertise. Renkin & Associates can get it done so you can keep on living.