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Cases of Interest: Cohabitation
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FLORIDA: Posik v. Layton, 1997 WL 136208 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Mar. 27, 1997).
A successful female physician, Dr. Layton, and a female nurse, Ms. Posik, began an intimate relationship. Dr. Layton decided to relocate her practice from Volusia County to Broward County.
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MASSACHUSETTS: Moriarty v. Stone, 41 Mass. App. Ct. 151, 668 N.E.2d 1338 (1996).
The parties' contributions during their 10-year period of cohabitation before marriage were properly considered by the trial court as a factor in the division of their property.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE: In re Crowe, ___ N.H. ___, 804 A.2d 455 (2002).
Husband and wife were married in 1997 after living together since 1992. A child was born in 1996. While the parties were living together prior to their marriage, the husband purchased 40 acres of land upon which he built an 8-room log home. The husband provided the sole financing for the home and played a significant role in the actual construction.
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NEW YORK: Merrick v. Merrick, ___ Misc. 2d __, 627 N.Y.S.2d 884 (Sup. Ct., New York County 1995).
In New York, the parties were married in 1983. The parties resided together in an apartment in Manhattan. The parties frequently traveled together. In 1985, the parties moved into a townhouse.
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