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For Unmarried Couples, Both Individuals May Have Property Rights In California

Many couples live together for several years. When they split up, it can be difficult to know what happens to the assets they acquired together, as well as whether one person in the couple deserves support or “palimony.”

Named for the case involving the late actor Lee Marvin, a Marvin action is the official term used by clients who resided together but never legally married. Newport Family Law & Mediation Group has helped clients throughout Southern California. We can help you navigate the legal system and understand your rights.

What Are Marvin Actions?

Marvin actions are becoming increasingly common, but they must meet specific criteria to be viable. Our attorneys will work through the specifics of your case and help you identify a potential Marvin action. Marvin actions may or may not exist when you have resided together for several years and never legally married, and also when you resided together for several years and then ultimately did get married.

In situations where you lived together for several years before getting married, you may have two property settlement cases: a community property division case as part of your divorce and a Marvin action for the time you were not married but living together. An example is when a couple has been together for 12 years, finally got married in the 12th year, then separated after two years and filed for divorce (think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie).

We will sit down with you individually to help you understand the situation you are facing.

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It is normal to be confused and overwhelmed. Get experienced guidance from the right lawyer today. We can explain all of your options. Call our office in Newport Beach to schedule a consultation at 949-652-2837. You can also email us, and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.