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Washington Family Law Regarding Unmarried Couples
Factors to Consider When Evaluating a Committed, Intimate Relationship for Unmarried Couples in Washington State
- - Continuous cohabitation
- - Length of the relationship
- - Purpose of the relationship
- - Whether resources and services have been pooled for joint projects
- - Intent to marry in the future
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How many years do you have to live together for common law marriage in Washington?
Washington state does not recognize common law marriage. Therefore, there's no specific length of time that unmarried couples have to live together to be considered legally married. Instead, Washington courts recognize "committed intimate relationships" for legal matters related to unmarried couples.
Is Washington a community property state for committed intimate relationships?
Washington isn't a community property state for committed intimate relationships. However, the courts can apply community property principles by analogy to issues regarding the rights of unmarried couples upon their separation.
How do you prove a committed, intimate relationship in Washington State?
To prove a committed intimate relationship in Washington State, the following factors are considered: continuous cohabitation, the length of the relationship, the purpose of the relationship, whether resources and services have been pooled for joint projects, and an intent to marry in the future.