What is a common law marriage?

A common law marriage is created by cohabitation between two people for a certain period of time without an official ceremony.

The couple consider themselves married.  Most states do not recognize common law marriage and that includes California.  However, California courts do recognize palimony.  If the couple has lived together for several years and then decides to split from each other, he or she may have a right to receive support and/or certain property acquired during the relationship.

If you have any questions regarding common law marriage or any other family issue, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who can answer all of your questions.  Always speak to an attorney to discuss your specific situation.