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I lived with my significant other for many years. Is this considered a common-law marriage?

California does not recognize common-law marriages except where the parties resided in another state prior to moving to California and the relationship satisfies the requirements for a common-law marriage in that state. (Few states still recognize common-law marriages.) While California does not recognize common-law marriage, the state’s courts have found that non-married partners may contract with one another regarding their earnings and property rights. These non-marital contracts are commonly referred to as “Marvin Agreements.” These contracts may be express or implied.