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Watts v. Watts
Citation:137 Wis.2d 506.
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Shortly after meeting, the defendant persuaded the plaintiff to move in with him. In 1969 they began living together in a marriage-like relationship, holding themselves out to the public as husband and wife. Plaintiff assumed the defendant’s surname as her own. She also gave birth to two of the defendant’s children. They filed joint income tax returns together and bank accounts. During their relationship the plaintiff contributed childcare and homemaking services. The plaintiff also contributed personal property to the relationship. The plaintiff also worked at the defendant’s office for three years, and started a business with the defendant’s sister-in-law. Plaintiff claims the defendant then made their relationship so intolerable she had to move way. Plaintiff alleged that because of her domestic and business contributions the business and personal wealth of the couple increased. Plaintiff also alleged that she never received any compensation for these contributions. Plaintiff alleged since the breakdown of the relationship the defendant refused to share equally with her the wealth accumulated through their joint efforts or to compensate her in any way for her contributions to the relationship.
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