Palimony: what is it?

As a follow-up to our last post on alimony, we provide this brief discussion on the related topic of palimony. While similar in purpose, there are some crucial differences and the particular facts and circumstances of each case are critically important.

Palimony is a term used to describe support payments or division of property between unmarried partners after a separation. In New Jersey, palimony is not governed by specific statutes, but rather by case law established in the landmark case of Marvin v. Marvin in California. In New Jersey, courts may enforce palimony agreements if they are in writing, express a clear intent to support one partner financially, and are not based solely on a sexual relationship. Courts will consider various factors in determining the enforceability of such agreements, including the length of the relationship, the financial contributions of each partner, and any sacrifices made for the relationship. However, it’s important to consult with a legal professional for specific advice regarding palimony in New Jersey, as laws and precedents may vary or change over time

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Sandy Durst, Esq., is the founding partner of The Durst Firm where he heads the Family Law Department. Individuals facing a divorce benefit from the combination of legal skill, common sense and compassion that Sandy brings to each and every matter. Each case is given the personalized attention it deserves.
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