Enforceability of Domestic Partnership (Non-Marital) Agreements

This table addresses cases and statutes relating to the enforceability of express domestic partnership, or cohabitation, agreements. The application of other legal theories to enforce the rights of unmarried cohabitants in the absence of an express contract, such as quasi-contract, partnership, unjust enrichment, constructive or resulting trust, and tracing source of funds, is beyond the scope of this table.

Alaska
Wood v. Collins, 812 P.2d 951 (Alaska 1991)
Levar v. Elkins, 604 P.2d 602 (Alaska 1980)

Arizona
Carroll v. Lee, 148 Ariz. 10, 712 P.2d 923 (1986)
Cook v. Cook, 142 Ariz. 573, 691 P.2d 664 (1984)

California
Della Zoppa v. Della Zoppa, ___ Cal. App. 4th ___, 103 Cal. Rptr. 2d 901 (2001)
Dunkin v. Boskey, 82 Cal. App. 4th 171, 98 Cal. Rptr. 2d 44 (2000)
Maglica v. Maglica, 66 Cal. App. 4th 442, 78 Cal. Rptr. 2d 101 (1998)
Byrne v. Laura, 52 Cal. App. 4th 1054, 60 Cal. Rptr. 2d 908 (1997)
Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660, 557 P.2d 106, 134 Cal. Rptr. 815 (1976)

Colorado
Salzman v. Bachrach, 996 P.2d 1263 (Colo. 2000)

Connecticut
Boland v. Catalano, 202 Conn. 333, 521 A.2d 142 (1987)

District of Columbia
Mason v. Rostad, 476 A.2d 662 (D.C. 1984)

Florida
Hoffman v. Boyd, 698 So. 2d 346 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1997)
Posik v. Layton, 695 So. 2d 759 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1997)
Stevens v. Muse, 562 So. 2d 852 (Fla. 1990)
Poe v. Estate of Levy, 411 So. 2d 253 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1982)

Georgia
Boot v. Beelen, 224 Ga. App. 384, 480 S.E.2d 267 (1997)
Long v. Marino, 212 Ga. App. 113, 441 S.E.2d 475 (1994)

Hawaii
Maria v. Freitas, 73 Haw. 266, 832 P.2d 259 (1992)
Aehegma v. Aehegma, 8 Haw. App. 215, 797 P.2d 74 (1990)

Illinois
Hewitt v. Hewitt, 77 Ill. 2d 49, 394 N.E.2d 1204 (1979)
Spafford v. Coats, 118 Ill. App. 3d 556, 455 N.E.2d 241 (1983)

Indiana
Glasgo v. Glasgo, 410 N.E.2d 1325 (Ind. Ct. App. 1980)

Maryland
Donovan v. Scuderi, 51 Md. App. 217, 443 A.2d 121 (1982)

Massachusetts
Wilcox v. Trautz, 427 Mass. 326, 693 N.E.2d 141 (1998)
Green v. Richmond, 369 Mass. 47, 337 N.E.2d 691 (1975)

Michigan
Featherstone v. Steinhoff, 226 Mich. App. 584, 575 N.W.2d 6 (1997)
Carnes v. Sheldon, 109 Mich. App. 204, 311 N.W.2d 747 (1981)
Tyranski v. Piggins, 44 Mich. App. 470, 205 N.W.2d 595 (1979)

Minnesota
Minn. Stat. 513.075, 513.076
Estate of Peterson, 579 N.W.2d 488 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998)
Roatch v. Puera, 534 N.W.2d 560 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)

Mississippi
Davis v. Davis, 643 So. 2d 931 (Miss. 1994)
Pickens v. Pickens, 490 So. 2d 872 (Miss. 1986)
Estate of Alexander, 445 So. 2d 836 (Miss. 1984)

Missouri
Hudson v. DeLonjay, 732 S.W.2d 922 (Mo. Ct. App. 1987)

Nebraska
Kinkenon v. Hue, 207 Neb. 698, 301 N.W.2d 77 (1981)

Nevada
Western States v. Michoff, 108 Nev. 931, 840 P.2d 1220 (1992)
Hay v. Hay, 100 Nev. 196, 678 P.2d 672 (1984)

New Hampshire
Tapley v. Tapley, 122 N.H. 727, 449 A.2d 1218 (1982)
Joan S. v. John S., 121 N.H. 96, 427 A.2d 498 (1981)

New Jersey
Wadja v. Wajda, 239 N.J. Super. 248, 570 A.2d 1308 (App. Div. 1989)
Crowe v. De Gioia, 90 N.J. 126, 447 A.2d 173 (1982)
Kozlowski v. Kozlowski, 80 N.J. 378, 403 A.2d 902 (1979)

New Mexico
Dominguez v. Cruz, 95 N.M. 1, 617 P.2d 1322 (Ct. App. 1980)

New York
Silver v. Starrett, 176 Misc. 2d 511, 674 N.Y.S.2d 915 (Sup. Ct. 1998)
Soderhoim v. Kosty, 177 Misc. 2d 403, 676 N.Y.S.2d 850 (Just. Ct. 1998)
Wade v. Porreca, 99 A.D.2d 888, 472 N.Y.S.2d 482 (1984)
Morone v. Morone, 50 N.Y.2d 481, 413 N.E.2d 1154, 429 N.Y.S.2d 592 (1980)
Dombrowski v. Somers, 41 N.Y.2d 858, 362 N.E.2d 257, 393 N.Y.S.2d 796 (1977)

North Carolina
Suggs v. Norris, 88 N.C. App. 539, 364 S.E.2d 159 (1988)

North Dakota
Kohler v. Kohler, 493 N.W.2d 647 (N.D. 1992)

Ohio
Seward v. Mentrup, 87 Ohio App. 3d 601, 622 N.E.2d 756 (1993)

Oregon
Wilber v. DeLapp, 119 Or. App. 348, 850 P.2d 1151 (1993)
Beal v. Beal, 282 Or. 115, 577 P.2d 507 (1978)
Latham v. Latham, 274 Or. 421, 547 P.2d 144 (1976)

Pennsylvania
Knauer v. Knauer, 323 Pa. Super. 206, 470 A.2d 553 (1983)
Mullen v. Suchko, 279 Pa. Super. 499, 421 A.2d 310 (1980)
Baldassari v. Baldassari, 278 Pa. Super. 312, 420 A.2d 556 (1980)

Texas
Tex. Bus. & Com. Code Ann. 26.01 (agreement on consideration of nonmarital conjugal cohabitation not enforceable unless in writing)
Zaremba v. Cliburn, 949 S.W.2d 822 (Tex. App. 1997)
Small v. Harper, 638 S.W.2d 24 (Tex. App. 1982)

Utah
Layton v. Layton, 777 P.2d 504 (Utah Ct. App. 1989)

Washington
Vasquez v. Hawthorne, 99 Wash. 2d 363, 994 P.2d 240 (2000)
Marriage of Lindemann, 92 Wash. App. 64, 960 P.2d 966 (1998)
Koher v. Morgan, 93 Wash. App. 398, 968 P.2d 920 (1998)
Connell v. Francisco, 127 Wash. 2d 339, 898 P.2d 831 (1995)
Marriage of Lindsey, 101 Wash. 2d 299, 678 P.2d 328 (1984)
Estate of Thornton, 81 Wash. 2d 72, 499 P.2d 864 (1972)

West Virginia
Goode v. Goode, 183 W. Va. 468, 396 S.E.2d 430 (1990)

Wisconsin
Watts v. Watts, 137 Wis. 2d 506, 405 N.W.2d 303 (1987)
Steffes v. Steffes, 95 Wis. 2d 490, 290 N.W.2d 697 (1980)

Wyoming
Kinnison v. Kinnison, 627 P.2d 594 (Wyo. 1981)

2002 National Legal Research Group, Inc.


   
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