Unmarried Couples Can Face Unique Legal Challenges
Unmarried couples face many challenges when they have family law issues to resolve. They do not have the same rights as married couples so they need an experienced lawyer to ensure that they receive protection under the law.
The attorneys at Bowler and Bowler have experience representing unmarried couples and parents in California. Attorney E. Toby Bowler has more than 45 years of experience and is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He can assist you with issues such as property rights, support and custody.
Assisting With Domestic Partnership Issues
A couple who does not want to marry can get a registered domestic partnership. If it is a heterosexual couple, at least one of the parties must be over 62 years old. You can get a dissolution of domestic partnership if the relationship ends. This is similar to a divorce because it addresses property division, spousal/partner support and custody according to the terms of the partnership agreement.
Unmarried couples without a registered domestic partnership who have lived together for a significant period of time may still have rights to property and support. Sometimes referred to as Marvin claims, these types of cohabitants can seek support called palimony as well as property rights.
The Paternity Determination Process
Unmarried parents may need to establish paternity to give rights to both parties. A paternity action can be filed by the mother or the alleged father. If you have been wrongly named as the father, you can file a paternity suit to disprove paternity.
Unmarried fathers who wish to establish rights to their child must first be legally recognized by the court as the father. A father’s rights to child custody and visitation cannot begin until paternity is legally established.
Paternity provides the child with access to child support, health insurance and additional benefits from the father. If the father refuses to pay child support, the mother can file a paternity action to make child support payments a legal obligation of the father.
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