Love can blossom anywhere, and sometimes, couples choose to build lives together without tying the knot. While this path offers freedom and flexibility, it also presents unique challenges when the relationship ends. One such challenge involves dividing jointly acquired assets, especially when ownership isn’t explicitly defined. This is where partition actions come in, offering a legal framework for resolving property disputes between unmarried couples.

Let’s face it: breakups are hard enough without the added stress of figuring out who gets what. If you and your ex co-owned property, furniture, vehicles, or other valuable items, partition actions can provide a structured and potentially amicable way to divide belongings fairly.

Here’s why you might need a partition action:

  • You co-purchased a house or car.
  • You jointly invested in furniture, artwork, or other valuables.
  • You inherited property together but aren’t married.
  • You shared business ventures or jointly owned assets during your relationship.

Key points to remember:

  • Unmarried couples don’t have the same automatic property rights as married couples. There’s no “community property” concept, so ownership defaults to whoever’s name is on the title or documentation.
  • Verbal agreements or “gentleman’s agreements” rarely hold up in court. Clear documentation or proof of financial contributions is crucial.
  • Partition actions involve filing a lawsuit and potentially going to court. While it can be lengthy and expensive, it offers a structured legal solution when negotiations fail.

How can we help?
Godbey Law LLC’s experienced attorneys understand the complexities of partition actions for unmarried couples. We can guide you through the process, including:

  • Evaluating your ownership rights and evidence.
  • Negotiating with your ex to reach a fair settlement outside of court.
  • Representing you in court if necessary, ensuring your rights are protected.

Remember: partition actions are just one option. Open communication, clear documentation, and sometimes, creative solutions can go a long way in resolving property disputes amicably. However, when legal guidance is needed, we’re here to help you navigate this challenging situation with clarity and expertise.