We live in a society where people are free to approach human relationships in different ways. The law recognizes that people have legally protected rights regarding property and custody, although their relationships do not conform to other people’s ideas of family. In order to protect your legal rights and understand your options when it comes to legal issues related to unmarried couples, you should consult with an experienced Spokane divorce attorney for legal counsel.
At Twyford Law Office, our legal team has proudly represented residents of Spokane and the greater Washington area in a variety of family law issues, including matters affecting the rights of unmarried couples. We have an intimate understanding of Washington law to help ensure your interests are promoted and protected.
Call Twyford Law Office at (509) 327-0777 to learn more about our legal services.
Washington Law Regarding Unmarried Cohabitants
Under Washington Law, the division of property in a divorce is governed by community property principles. However, community property rules do not directly apply to unmarried cohabitants who are in a “committed intimate relationship.” Instead, Washington courts can apply community property principles by analogy to issues regarding the rights of unmarried couples upon their separation.
Unmarried couples in a “committed, intimate relationship” are more likely to be treated as being in a “marital-like” relationship.
The following factors are dispositive when evaluating whether an unmarried couple is in a committed, intimate relationship:
The length of the relationship
The purpose of the relationship
Whether resources and services have been pooled for joint projects
An intent to marry in the future
Legally enforceable agreements primarily determine the rights of unmarried couples in a committed relationship. At Twyford Law Office, we can help you craft a comprehensive agreement between you and your significant other, to make sure your interests are given proper consideration. We can also represent you before the court if necessary.
Consult Our Spokane Unmarried Cohabitation Lawyers for Legal Counsel
If you are seeking professional legal advice from a qualified family law attorney regarding issues affecting your rights as an unmarried cohabitant in a committed, intimate relationship, look no further than Twyford Law Office. Our Spokane unmarried cohabitation lawyers can help you navigate the complicated legal issues that arise from such a relationship to help you find a favorable resolution to your dispute.