Marvin v. Marvin (Palimony) in Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia

Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia, Lawrence Ganong, ed., 2014

4 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2013 Last revised: 28 Jun 2016

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: March 20, 2013

Abstract

While divorce law provides for property division, the term “palimony” was coined in the 1970’s to describe a financial settlement made upon the break-up of an unmarried, cohabiting couple (i.e., one that lives together and engages in a sexual relationship outside of marriage). In developing the contours of palimony and determining how property should be divided when an unmarried couple ends the relationship, courts have struggled to balance legal requirements, fairness, and public policy. This encyclopedic entry considers the law and public policy regarding palimony (the division of property upon the termination of a cohabitation), focusing on the Lee Marvin case.

Keywords: family law, domestic relations, encyclopedia, palimony, cohabitation, Lee Marvin, assets division, break-up, relationship

Suggested Citation

Ryznar, Margaret, Marvin v. Marvin (Palimony) in Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia (March 20, 2013). Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia, Lawrence Ganong, ed., 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236492

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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