Q: A friend has lived with her boyfriend for about 9 years. She became handicapped and now he wants her out.
Shortly after moving in together she became ill and later had to leave employment. Prior to that she made his house a home and contributed financially. Now he wants his old life back and wants to throw her out of the house. She needs 24 hour care and does not know what her rights are.
A: There are insufficient facts in your post. Nevertheless, If your friend is in California then she may look into the following:
1) A “Marvin” action; and
2) Putative spouse doctrine.
Finally, California does not recognize common law marriage (but does allow for divorce proceeding for common law marriages recognized by other states).
Your friends would be well served to consult with a local attorney and go through a consultation to review her best course of action.
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