Connell v. Francisco
Connell v. Francisco, 127 Wn.2d 339, 898 P.2d 831 (1995), involved an uncontested meretricious relationship. Connell, 127 Wn.2d at 346.
Connell and Francisco had an intimate relationship and lived together from 1983 until 1990. In 1986, they moved to Whidbey Island, Washington, where Connell managed a bed and breakfast purchased by Francisco's corporation. Connell, 127 Wn.2d at 343.
The Court characterized a meretricious relationship as a "stable, marital-like relationship where both parties cohabit with knowledge that a lawful marriage between them does not exist." Connell, 127 Wn.2d at 346.