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                                      Palimony Agreements in New Jersey


                                      Compensation for unmarried Couples

                                      In New Jersey, issues regarding Palimony may occur when couples choose to live together or cohabitate without legally marrying or joining together in a legally-recognized Civil Union. It's not uncommon for such partners to share duties and responsibilities, which ultimately may result in making one financially reliant on the other.
                                      Unlike spouses or civil union partners, cohabiting partners, including registered domestic partners, have no entitlement to alimony or equitable division of marital property. However, one partner may pledge to provide payment or other compensation to the other. So, what are your options if you’re looking to receive Palimony (or if you’re hoping to avoid paying it)?

                                      If you live in New Jersey and are not married or in a civil union but your ‘spouse’ has promised you financial assistance or property sharing, you may have a valid New Jersey “palimony” claim if:

                                      • You and your partner signed a formal cohabitation or domestic partnership agreement following independent legal counsel; or
                                      • You and your partner had a similar arrangement that was not in writing before January 18, 2010.

                                      This field of law is complicated and has changed often. Whether or whether you have a formal agreement, you should contact an experienced palimony and family law attorney to explain and clarify your position.


                                      Alimony vs Palimony in NJ

                                      “Palimony” is not a legal word like “alimony” or “spousal support” which both imply the same thing. The laws governing fair property division and alimony only apply to couples who are terminating a lawful marriage or civil union. However, one spouse may willingly give up property rights or assure future financial assistance to the other, which is known as palimony. Palimony is a term used to describe a contractual obligation to give financial assistance comparable to alimony.

                                      No Claim without a Cohabitation Agreement

                                      For many years, New Jersey law did not need a written agreement to establish an intimate partner's commitment to compensate financially. However, on January 18, 2010, a modification to the New Jersey “statute of frauds” took effect. Palimony claims since that date must be based on a formal agreement made following independent legal consultations. The New Jersey Supreme Court emphasized in Maeker v. Ross (2014) that the statutory amendment requirements are not retroactive. So if you have an oral agreement that precedes the amendment, you may be able to establish it in court.

                                      Palimony and cohabitation agreements are a continuously developing within the courts as more and more couples choose alternatives to marriage. Call our office at (800) 709-1131 to discuss your NJ Palimony case.

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                                      If you're looking to discuss your Palimony case, contact us today for a free case evaluation with one of our Family Law attorneys.

                                      New Jersey Family Courts we appear in regularly:

                                      Bergen County 
                                      Justice Center, Room 119
                                      10 Main Street
                                      Hackensack, NJ 07601
                                      (201) 527-2300


                                      Essex County 
                                      Family Division Dissolution Unit
                                      Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 113
                                      212 Washington Street
                                      Newark, NJ 07102
                                      (973) 693-6710


                                      Family Division Non-Dissolution Unit
                                      Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 1365
                                      212 Washington Street
                                      Newark, NJ 07012
                                      (973) 693-5560 or (973) 693-5520


                                      Hudson County
                                      Family Intake Team
                                      Administration Bldg., Room 203
                                      595 Newark Avenue
                                      Jersey City, NJ 07306
                                      (201) 795-6777


                                      Hunterdon County 
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      Hunterdon County Justice Center
                                      65 Park Avenue
                                      Flemington, NJ 08822
                                      (908) 237-5920


                                      Mercer County
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      175 S. Broad St., 2nd Floor
                                      P.O. Box 8068
                                      Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
                                      (609) 571-4200


                                      Middlesex County
                                      Family Part Intake Reception Team
                                      Family Courthouse
                                      120 New St., Room 111
                                      P.O. Box 2691
                                      New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2691
                                      (732) 519-3242

                                      Monmouth County
                                      Family Part, Courthouse
                                      71 Monument Park
                                      P.O. Box 1252
                                      Freehold, NJ 07728-1252
                                      (732) 677-4050


                                      Morris County
                                      Morris County Family Division
                                      Morris County Courthouse Family Intake
                                      Washington and Court Streets
                                      P.O. Box 910
                                      Morristown, NJ 07963
                                      (973) 656-4000


                                      Somerset County
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      Courthouse, 2nd Floor
                                      P.O. Box 3000
                                      Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
                                      (908) 231-7600


                                      Sussex County
                                      Sussex County Family Division
                                      Sussex County Judicial Center
                                      43-47 High Street
                                      Newton, NJ 07860
                                      (973) 579-0630


                                      Union County
                                      Dissolution Assignment Office
                                      New Annex Bldg.; Courthouse
                                      2 Broad Street
                                      Elizabeth, NJ 07207
                                      (908) 659-3314


                                      Warren County
                                      Family Division Dissolution Unit
                                      413 Second St.;
                                      P.O. Box 900
                                      Belvidere, NJ 07823-1500
                                      (908) 475-6150

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