Traditional marriage isn't as commonplace as it once was. Many have decided to replace traditional marriage ideals for lifestyles that are a better match for them. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this topic. However, it can make certain issues more complicated for unmarried couples.
Usually, unmarried couples who elect to establish a man's paternity outside of court do so by agreement because it is easier, and less time-consuming and expensive, than going through the entire process of establishing paternity.
Residents of California may have heard about how "grey" divorce, that is, a divorce between a couple who is either at or relatively close to retirement, is becoming more common. Interestingly, the number of couples over the age of 50 who choose to live together without getting married has also been on the rise within the last decade. While the number of cohabitating couples in the country has risen overall, by about 30 percent, the number of adults over the age of 50 who are cohabitating has spiked by about 75 percent, from 2.3 million in 2007 to 4 million in 2016.
This blog has previously discussed how unmarried couples who separate have to deal with some unique issues when it comes to their legally splitting. For instance, while child custody and support work in ways that are similar to what one might find in a divorce, unmarried couples face difficult family law issues when it comes to dividing up their property and figuring out their financial affairs.
Many people in Orange County, California, have what in the legal sense is an informal relationship with their child's other parent. For instance, many people in the area choose to live together and raise children without ever getting officially married.
As this blog has mentioned before, California law allows family court judges to award spousal support, also referred to as spousal maintenance or alimony, when doing so is necessary to ensure a fair divorce or permanent separation. As this blog has also mentioned that the tax consequences of alimony are changing soon, this is an opportune time to remind our Irvine and other Orange County readers that our law office advises and represents clients with respect to their alimony needs.
For both high-earning or independently wealthy couples, as well as those Orange County residents of more modest means, one of their most valuable assets is likely going to be their marital residence. Particularly in a state like California, couples frequently have a lot of net worth locked into their house. Moreover, there is also an emotional component, since the home is frequently associated with lots of memories, both good and bad.
There is no doubt that Orange County has many beautiful places that make great tourist destinations, and even natives to Southern California may choose to take weekend getaways to some of this area's most popular sites.
Like most other states, California does not afford the benefit of its community property laws to unmarried couples who choose to live and maintain a household together but who do not formalize their relationship in any way.
The relationship between a child and their step parent is just as loving and important as a relationship between a biological parent and a child. The stepmother or stepfather steps in and becomes the child's other parent for all practical purposes.