Measure To Require Palimony Agreements To Be Put In Writing Is Now Law

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TRENTON – A measure which would prohibit the enforcement of palimony agreements that have not been put in writing, has been signed by Gov. Jon Corzine.

“This new law will help to clear up any disputes caused by the ‘he said, she said,’ that often surfaces after the dissolution of a relationship,” said Senator Nicholas Scutari, D-Union.  “The days of accepting a promise on a handshake, a wink and a nod are gone.  The reality is that we live in a litigious society, and legislation like this will help clear up any confusion before cases are heard, by clarifying what is expected by each partner in the relationship.”

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The law provides that a promise of palimony is not binding unless it is in writing.  It also requires both parties to receive independent advice of legal counsel before the agreement can become binding.

“The ending of a relationship, especially a long-term relationship, is difficult for all parties involved.  This law simply puts into place a system for ensuring that, when it comes to palimony, a promise made is a promise kept,” said Scutari.

This measure was approved by the full Senate on March 16, 2009, and it received final legislative approval from the Assembly on Jan. 11, 2010.  The law takes effect immediately.


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