Add the option "createIfNull" to HAS_ONE and BELONGS_TO relation definitions:
'varName'=>array(self::BELONGS_TO, 'className', 'foreign_key', /* options...*/ 'createIfNull'=>true)
So you can do:
$modelA = new ModelA(); $modelA->relatedModelB->name='I am your father'
It helps to CGridView to filter related models when you define columns as Strings like "relatedModelB.name".
Edit: Please rename the post to "CActiveRecord relations “createIfNull” option, current name is very general