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Fleming v. Spencer

Court of Appeals of Washington
110 Wash. App. 1017 (Wash. Ct. App. 2002)


Facts

Norman Spencer (defendant) and Sheila Fleming (plaintiff) moved in together in 1983. At the time, Spencer was separated but not divorced from another woman, his then-wife. Spencer’s divorce was finalized not finalized until 1985. Late in 1983, Spencer took out a loan and bought a parcel of land. Spencer paid off the loan using his and Fleming’s joint funds. From 1984 to 1999, Spencer and Fleming lived together on the property, with temporary exceptions only for Spencer’s job and Fleming’s education. Spencer and Fleming filed joint-income tax returns, had joint bank accounts, and paid bills jointly. Fleming brought suit against Spencer, seeking a dissolution of their meretricious relationship. As part of the dissolution, Fleming sought a distribution of assets, including the property that Spencer had purchased in 1983. The trial court granted the dissolution and awarded the property to Fleming as part of the asset distribution. Spencer appealed.

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