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Watts v. Watts
Citation:137 Wis. 2d 506 (1987)
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Sue Ann Evans Watts (plaintiff) and James E. Watts (defendant) cohabited from 1969 to 1981 after the defendant convinced the plaintiff to quit her pursuit of becoming a nurse and move in with him. Although the couple never married, they held themselves out to the public as a married couple, had two children, filed joint tax returns, maintained a joint bank account, and purchased property together. The plaintiff attests that she contributed to the defendant’s accumulation of wealth through childcare and homemaking, working without pay in a secretarial position for his landscaping business, and working without pay to start a business with the defendant’s sister-in-law. The plaintiff filed this action in 1982, claiming that the defendant had made their relationship so intolerable that their cohabitation was irretrievably broken. She claimed entitlement to distribution of property based on their marriage-like relationship, as well as claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and partition. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss.
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