In the case of Marvin v. Marvin (8 Cal.3d 660, 134 Cal.Rptr. 815, 557 P.2d 106 (1976)), the famous actor Lee Marvin met a lounge singer and they started a relationship. They lived together for 9 years, even adopting his name (even though they never married). Lee Marvin eventually threw her out. She sued, arguing that he promised he’d take care of her the rest of her life. He argued that there was no written proof and it would be in contradiction of public policy (they were not married and supportive contracts that involved sex were not enforceable).
- The California Supreme Court decided that these contracts were now valid.
- This was the beginning of the concept of palimony.