Palimony – AGAIN!

Senate bill S2553 was recently passed out of committee.  This bill, which is headed to our state Assembly would require that all palimony agreements entered into before January 18, 2010 (the date the amendment to NJSA 25:1-5 was signed into law) be in writing to be enforceable.   This marks a major departure from current case law which has declined to apply the 2010 law retroactively, and if passed will mean that anyone seeking to enforce oral promises of support should head off to their nearest lawyer’s office to have an agreement prepared.    To do otherwise will future support in the event of a break up in serious doubt.

If you or anyone you know will be or could be affected by this potential loss of support contact the Law office of Helen Glass.

Palimony – The Final Word?

The New Jersey Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue of Palimony, holding on September 25, 2014, that agreements for Palimony entered into before the law was amended to require Palimony agreements to be in writing does not apply to agreements entered into before the law was amended in 2010.   The rational for the decision was that the legislature did not intend to retroactively void oral palimony contracts that predated the amendment to the law.   The case, Maeker v. Ross is approved for publication and is available for a short time on New Jersey Courts Online, and should be available soon in the Rutgers Law Library.