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Watts v. Watts
Citation:137 Wis.2d 506, 405 N.W.2d 303 (1987)
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The plaintiff and the defendant met in 1967, when she was 19 years old, was living with her parents and was working full time as a nurse’s aide in preparation for a nursing career. Shortly after the parties met, the defendant persuaded the plaintiff to move into an apartment paid for by him and to quit her job. The plaintiff alleges that during the parties’ relationship, and because of her domestic and business contributions, the business and personal wealth of the couple increased. Further, she alleges that she never received any compensation for these contributions to the relationship and that the defendant indicated to the plaintiff that he considered her to be his wife and that she would share equally in the increased wealth. Plaintiff alleges under the theory of unjust enrichment that the defendant accepted and retained the benefits of services she provided knowing that she expected to share equally in the wealth accumulated during their relationship.
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