Committed Intimate Relationships

Defending the Rights of Unmarried Partners & Parents
ust because a couple is not married does not mean there are not legal ramifications that need to be considered when they split. Though Washington State does not recognize “Common Law Marriage,” it does adhere to the doctrine of “Committed Intimate Relationships,” meaning that the court may recognize certain legal rights when a couple has cohabitated in a marriage-like relationship with knowledge that they are not married.

When such a relationship ends, whether by the choice of one or both members, or the death of one member, numerous financial considerations – and if the couple have children, parental considerations – need to be resolved.

Ken Levey can help you take legal action to prove and establish that your relationship was a committed intimate relationship. He can also help with the division of assets and debts, as well as parenting plans if children are involved. This may involve establishing paternity. Unmarried parents and partners have rights and, just as any married couple, deserve equitable resolutions when their relationships end.