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Cohabitation Agreement Attorneys in Carlsbad

Advising Carlsbad Couples on Family Law Matters

In divorces, marital rights and duties serve as the basis for things like spousal support and the division of property. However, such rights do not arise when people live in the same house but do not get married. As a result, if a cohabitating couple wants to secure rights similar to those enjoyed by married couples upon divorce, they should enter into a cohabitation agreement.

At Griffith, Young & Lass, you can benefit from the experience and dedication of our legal team when it comes to your legal rights and interests. Even if you didn’t marry your significant other, you may have had a comparable relationship with them that lasted years. If that relationship comes to an end, you might be left in a difficult position when it comes to property rights and financial support.

We can help protect those rights by creating a cohabitation agreement for you and your significant other. Our legal team also has experience litigating disputes between parties under the terms of an existing cohabitation agreement.

Want to learn more about the benefits of our legal services? Please call us at (858) 371-5569 today.

Why Use a Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a private agreement between parties who cohabit without marriage regarding their rights and obligations to certain property. Such an agreement operates similar to how a premarital agreement would operate for married couples. However, in contrast to marital agreements, cohabitation agreements are generally the primary source of certain rights between the cohabitating parties.

Cohabitation agreements can involve provisions governing the rights and responsibilities of the parties in issues such as:

  • Property division: Under California law, divorce couples equally split property that qualifies as “community property.” However, when no marriage is involved, the property of cohabitating individuals is not subject to California’s community property rules. A cohabitation agreement can help the parties clarify their rights to certain property and organize how to dispose of assets under certain conditions.
  • Partnership formation: A cohabitation agreement can contain provisions that govern the formation of a joint business between the parties.
  • Real estate rights: The parties to a cohabitation agreement can agree on allocating their respective rights when it comes to the ownership of a residence and their rights to rental income from rental property.
  • Support: The California Family Code recognizes a spouse’s right to receive necessary financial support from their former spouse after getting a divorce. However, this right does not apply to unmarried cohabitating couples. As a result, the parties must voluntarily agree to the parties have the discretion to set the exact terms and conditions

Consult Our Experienced Cohabitation Agreement Lawyers in Carlsbad

We live in a contemporary society where love and interpersonal relationships are not restricted to traditional notions of marriage. Unfortunately, our legal system still has catching up to do regarding marriage and domestic relations. If you live with your significant other but are not getting married, you should seriously consider if a cohabitation is right for you. At Griffith, Young & Lass, we have years of legal experience with various issues under California law, including the preparation, execution, and enforcement of cohabitation agreements. We can analyze your case and determine whether a cohabitation agreement is appropriate for you and your significant other.

Call us at (858) 371-5569 or contact our office online to schedule a consultation about your case.

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  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
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  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
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  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
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  • Shirin Asgari, Esq. Shirin Asgari, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
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  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.

    Associate

    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

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  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq. Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.

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    Jeffrey Wittliff is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication. Behind the scenes, he has an extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties.
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  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
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  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.

    Associate

    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
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