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Marvin Relationships

Learn about the creation and implications of Marvin relationships, which are a form of contractual agreement.


Marriages and registered domestic partnerships are statutorily recognized relationships with defined rights and duties. But what if a couple lives in a similar manner to spouses or registered domestic partners but never opts to formally enter either type of relationship? Recall that California law doesn’t recognize common-law marriage, meaning that mere cohabitation for an extended duration doesn’t give rise to a marriage relationship with the associated benefits and obligations. But if a...