Palimony in New Jersey
Palimony is a non-legal term used to describe the division of assets and real property when a non-marital, long-term relationship between two people is ended. It is a claim for financial support and functions much like alimony in that the court orders financial support from one party to the other. However, unlike alimony, the majority of palimony claims are settled in lump sums.
Over the last forty years, evolving social views have increased the number of people who enter into non-traditional relationships and living situations. Despite the recent victories for same-sex couples and others who have entered into domestic partnerships or civil unions, unmarried couples do not have the same rights and protections as married ones. The courts in New Jersey recognize this, and have determined that in some situations, an unmarried person may have a right to receive financial support from a former partner if their relationship ends.
Unlike most states, where palimony is considered strictly a contract matter to be handled in civil court, New Jersey allows the Family Courts to oversee palimony cases, and in 2010 the New Jersey legislature amended its statute of frauds, changing the palimony law. Currently, a New Jersey non-marital couple must have a written agreement, that was made with independent advice from legal counsel, stating that one guarantees to support the other, in order for palimony to be mandated by the court.
Whether you are in the process of ending a relationship and feel you may be entitled to palimony payments, or would just like to discuss your situation, the law offices of Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC can help. Please contact Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC at (201) 222-7765 or click here to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we accept credit cards and offer evening and weekend appointments. We have a caring staff with bilingual paralegals that are dedicated to taking care of you and your family’s needs. No matter what your legal issue, Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC, will put your needs first.