11/16/2009 AT 7:20 PM ET
Maybe it was nerves. Or maybe it just wasn’t the time to issue a clarification.
But in court Monday, Nicole Richie’s lawyer Mark Geragos referred to Joel Madden as her husband and Richie didn’t correct him. The pair have been together for years and have two children.
The marital reference came up during her 15 minutes of testimony at a hearing in which a judge issued a restraining order against two aggressive paparazzi.