Family Law

Family Law News 2017, Issue 4, Volume 39, No. 4

Reviewing A Marvin Action From A Litigator’s Perspective

John Martin

John P. Martin is a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation and mediation in San Diego, and is a member of the Family Law and Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He may be reached at

This article addresses Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976) and its progeny, and provides an overview of points for every practitioner to consider when advising a client who is either contemplating or defending against a Marvin action. It reviews the nature of such actions and potentially related claims or defenses, the pros and cons of filing or threatening to file a Marvin action, and what type of expert or co-counsel associations, if any, may be useful, no matter how large or small the case.

An Overview of Marvin and its Progeny

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