Walnut Creek Cohabitation Law Attorney

In the last half-century, the definition of "family" has expanded considerably. It may not only be a mother, father and two children, but there are now "blended" families because of divorce, remarriage, adoption and cohabitation without marrying.

Partners who cohabit live lives similar to married couples. They may have children with each other or bring children from other relationships. They will acquire property and assets, and debts. Unfortunately, many relationships do not last, and separating raises issues similar to couples divorcing in the traditional sense.

Call or email my Walnut Creek law firm to discuss your cohabitation issues.

Establishing Your Rights Throughout Contra Costa County

California does not recognize common-law marriage, but the parties have rights that can and should be established, sometimes in court. Mediation is a worthwhile method of dispute resolution. It saves time and expense, and has other advantages as well.

As with marriage, parties bring more or less property into a relationship. When those funds are commingled, it may require a forensic accountant to separate out who is entitled to what. Even support may be an issue with cohabiting couples if one party put a career on hold to support the other, "palimony," like alimony, may be due.

Cohabitation Law And Issues That Arise

Child custody and visitation are peculiar issues when couples are unmarried. For example, if one partner has a child from an earlier relationship, and the other partner establishes a close bond with the child, what rights does that partner have? Legally, his or her position is not as strong as a biological parent or legal guardian. But practically, it may be in the best interest of the child to maintain such an established relationship.

Do not rely on an inexperienced attorney in this complicated area. I have been a divorce and family law attorney for more than 30 years in the Contra Costa County area. I am a family law specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, having earned this designation through extensive experience and a review of the quality of my divorce and family practice by a panel of my peers. I have seen almost every imaginable situation and set of circumstances arise in a family law case.

Law Office of Robert K. Famulener

Call a Skilled Family and Cohabitation Lawyer: 925-478-5686 or 888-335-0741

My law office is easily accessible to clients throughout the Contra Costa County dealing with cohabitation concerns. Contact me to learn more about your options today.