When two individuals live together in a long-term relationship that involves emotions and intimacy, it is known as ‘cohabitation’.
California law allows certain rights to individuals in a cohabitation relationship. These are enforced in a written or oral contract. However, a written contract is the best option. In a cohabitation relationship, the parties cannot make medical decisions for each other. Additionally, they are not entitled to any part of their partner’s estate if he or she dies.
If you and your partner are living together and plan to stay together forever, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will discuss the creation of a cohabitation agreement. He or she will tell you about property rights and liability issues that may exist in your particular relationship. A written agreement can help you in a case of a breakup or death.