historical case law and development of domestic partnerships or cohabitation

This Assignment examines historical case law and development of domestic partnerships or cohabitation. In this Assignment, you are to read and analyze the following resources. You are to also answer the questions below.

Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660, 557 P.2d 106, 134 Cal. Rptr. 815 (1976)

“The Cohabitation Blues”

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“Should Cohabitation Matter in Family Law?”

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Living Together and the Law (Nolo)

1. What has the Marvin ruling done for cohabiting couples’ legal rights? Provide brief description of the facts in this case and the and how the court arrived at its conclusion.

2. Do cohabiting couples share equally in benefits and rights as in a valid marriage, if at all?

3. Identify the law or laws that exist in your state that provide protection to “domestic partnerships” or “cohabiting couples.” I live in the state of Iowa for this question.


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