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A meretricious relationship is where a male and a female live together. Both parties are aware that they are not married. Today this relationship is referred to as a Marvin relationship. The basic presumption regarding property in a Marvin relationship is that all property is presumed to be separate property. Title presumptively controls. The party making the acquisition would be considered to be the sole owner. A Marvin couple cannot expressly contract that community property laws applicable to a lawful marriage are to be applied to their relationship. The contract is not valid because there can be no true community between the parties. However, equity would dictate that the parties made an agreement to own their acquisitions as tenants in common.

Parties in a Marvin relationship can agree to share ownership of the acquisitions of each. The property will be owned as tenants in common if there is no specification in the agreement. If the property is a business or profession, their acquisitions may be subject to the law of business partnerships. A sharing agreement can be implied from the conduct of either party. The parties in a Marvin relationship cannot make sexual acts an inseparable part of ...

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