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Watts v. Watts
Citation:137 Wis. 2d 506, 405 N.W.2d 303
Sue Ann Evans Watts (plaintiff) met James Watts (defendant) when she was nineteen years old and was working as a nurse’s aide to prepare for a nursing career. James convinced Sue Ann to move in with him, to quit her job, and promised he would provide for her. After the parties began living together, they began to hold themselves out to the public as husband and wife even though they never married. During their relationship, Sue Ann contributed to childcare and homemaking services; served as hostess for James’ social and business-related events, and worked at James’ office as a receptionist, typist, and bookkeeper. Eventually the relationship between Sue Ann and James deteriorated after twelve years together, and the former moved out of their home. Sue Ann sued James, alleging that she made contributions that increased the couple’s wealth and that she never received any compensation for these contributions.
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