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 martlaww@msn.com.

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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