Some couples want to express their commitment to each other but are either not ready for marriage or are unable.
Couples who are in school, in the military or live a long distance apart, sometimes want to show their devotion yet are not ready to memorialize a marriage.
Some couples are simply unable to marry. That can be the case if one individual is in the process of dissolution. In some cases, immigration status prevents a couple from obtaining a marriage license. In some cases a couple cannot marry due to the age of one
Whatever the reason, I am happy to perform a "Ceremony of Commitment." When your vows are taken, you will receive a personalized certificate memorializing your vows of commitment.NOTE: The State of California does not recognize common law marriages. A "Ceremony of Commitment" is merely intended for the couple to express their devotion to each other. If it is your intention to move to a state where common law marriages are recognized, you should consult with a licensed attorney to determine the effects of a "Ceremony of Commitment" performed in the State of California.