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Marriage of Manfer

California Court of Appeal
144 Cal. App. 4th 925 (2006)


Maureen (defendant) and Samuel (plaintiff) Manfer were married on June 16, 1973. In June 2004, after a disagreement with Maureen, Samuel moved out of the family home and into an apartment. Concerned about how their children would process the separation, Samuel and Maureen agreed to keep their separation quiet through the holidays. Samuel and Maureen attended a few social events together and went on some trips together; however, the couple maintained separate finances, did not engage in sexual relations, and did not support each other during the separation. At the beginning of 2005, Samuel and Maureen announced their separation. Samuel filed for divorce in April 2005 and alleged that the date of separation was March 15, 2005. Maureen countered that the date of separation was July 1, 2004, shortly after Samuel had moved out of the family home in June 2004. The trial court, applying an objective standard, determined that the date of separation was March 15, 2005. The trial court reasoned that the date of separation is determined by looking at whether the public would believe the parties were separated. Maureen appealed the trial court’s decision on the issue of the appropriate date of separation.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ikola, J.)

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