Unmarried couple and ownership of real estate

Are you in a relationship without the benefit of marriage?  Have you recently moved into your partner’s home?  What happens if the relationship ends?

If your relationship ends because the two of you no longer want to be together, chances are one of you will not be happy and you will not remain friendly.  There may be a dispute over the ownership of the property you both lived in and contributed to.  Because you are not married, there are no laws to govern your property rights.

If you are an unmarried couple, whether registered as domestic partners or not, you should consider having a co-ownership agreement for the home you lived in together, but owned only by your partner.   

If you are living as an unmarried couple and contribute to the property you live in, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will help you arrive at a co-ownership agreement that is beneficial to both of you.