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Palimony & Claims of
Unmarried Cohabitants

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Palimony is a claim for financial support to be provided between unmarried individuals. Although New Jersey has not recognized "common law" marriages since 1939, a palimony claim (i.e., a claim for support between unmarried people) can be brought by unmarried individuals who are in "marital-type relationships" where a "promise for support" was created as a right in a contract.

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Contract must comply with statute of frauds

Contracts are governed by a New Jersey statute referred to as the Statute of Frauds, and palimony is specifically addressed by this state law.
A 2010 amendment to the Statute of Frauds significantly impacts and limits the viability of palimony claims; such claims cannot move forward unless the contract complies with the Statute of Frauds.

Palimony cases require careful evaluation of the facts, as each case unique, and case law and statutes continue to develop in this area of law.

We have litigated several cases to completion on this very specific and legally technical issue of family law, and our knowledge of current palimony law is unparalleled.

learn how the law affects you

If you are in in a committed, marital-type relationship, even one in which you do not necessarily live together with the other person, it is crucial that you consult with an attorney to make sure you are aware of how these laws affect you.

If that relationship is rocky, you must seek the informed advice of a knowledgeable attorney to protect and secure your claim for support. Contact our experienced team of family law attorneys for a free phone consultation.

If you are dealing with any kind of a jurisdictional custody case,
contact us to set up a free phone consultation.

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