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A Marvin action is the common name given to litigation between non-married, cohabitating parties. In the original case of Marvin v. Marvin, Michele Triola Marvin contended she abandoned her career as an actress to be a help mate for Lee Marvin, based upon his promise to share assets and provide for her support.

Although the California Supreme Court did not uphold the trial court’s judgment in favor of Ms. Marvin, the opinion established the right to enforce promises between cohabitating partners.

What facts must be proved in a Marvin action?

In San Diego County, all Marvin actions are assigned to our family court for adjudication. To prevail in a Marvin action, a party must establish the existence, or non-existence, of a contractual relationship.

The validity of such a claim turns on the facts of a particular case, including the length of the relationship, the joint acquisition of assets, the joint establishment or working in any business entity, the nature of the promises made, the credibility of the parties, etc. Particularized legal knowledge is required to evaluate the viability of a case and to obtain evidence necessary to properly try the matter.

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC has prosecuted and defended against Marvin actions. Contact our San Diego family lawyers to discuss your case and legal options.

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