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Marvin v. Marvin
Citation:557 P.2d 106
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The plaintiff, Mrs. Marvin, and the defendant, Mr. Marvin, lived together for seven years without marrying. During this cohabitation all property acquired was taken in Mr. Marvin’s name. According to Mrs. Marvin, she and Mr. Marvin cohabitated under an agreement that while they lived together they would combine their efforts and earnings and would share equally any and all property accumulated as a result of their efforts whether individual or combined. During the course of their cohabitation Mrs. Marvin agreed to give up her lucrative career as a singer and entertainer to devote all her time to Mr. Marvin as a companion, housemaker, housekeeper, and cook. In turn, Mr. Marvin agreed to provide for all of plaintiff’s financial support and needs for the rest of her life. At the end of the relationship Mr. Marvin forced Mrs. Marvin to leave his household and ceased supporting her one year later. Mrs. Marvin sues to acquire her share of the property.
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