Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,300+ case briefs...

Marvin v. Marvin

Supreme Court of California
18 Cal. 3d 660, 134 Cal. Rptr. 815, 557 P.2d 106 (1976)



Ms. Marvin (plaintiff) and Mr. Marvin (defendant) lived together without marrying for seven years. He was married at the time that they began to cohabitate but subsequently divorced. According to Ms. Marvin, the couple orally agreed to hold themselves out as husband and wife, to pool all of their efforts and assets, and to share the fruits of such equally. She further alleges that they agreed she would give up her career in order to focus on domestic duties and that he would support her financially from then on. Over the course of their cohabitation, she took care of the household while he worked outside the home. Substantial assets were obtained, all in his name. In May 1970, he compelled her to leave their house, although he continued to support her financially until November 1971. She sued him for breach of an express contract. The trial court granted Mr. Marvin judgment on the pleadings. Ms. Marvin appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Tobriner, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 488,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 488,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,300 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial