Case Conclusion Date: 11.09.2006
Practice Area: Family
Outcome: Successful Date of Separation Appeal
Description: Marriage of Manfer is the seminal case on date of marital separation. The Court of Appeal held that the date separation is the date on which at least one spouse intends to end the marriage and his/her objective conduct bespeaks the finality of the marital relationship. "The question is not what society at large would have perceived, but what the parties’ ‘subjective intent’ was, as ‘objectively determined from all of the evidence reflecting the parties’ words and actions during the disputed time.'"