The number of couples choosing to live together without marriage has increased significantly in recent years. In Marvin v. Marvin, the California Supreme Court redefined the rights of persons living in nonmarital cohabitation to property acquired during their relationship. In this Article, the authors review the statutory and case law prior to Marvin, endorse the court's decision to permit a broad variety of choices for married and unmarried couples, and suggest how the case might be applied to typical couples who choose not to marry.

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