Marvin v. Marvin (Palimony) in Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
March 20, 2013
Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia, Lawrence Ganong, ed., 2014
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.
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Keywords: family law, domestic relations, encyclopedia, palimony, cohabitation, Lee Marvin, assets division, break-up, relationship
Date posted: April 10, 2013 ; Last revised: June 28, 2016