N.J. court upholds verbal palimony promises

Couples in New Jersey who entered into verbal agreements before New Jersey’s 2010 palimony law must keep their promises.

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled the law, which requires written contracts between unwed partners, does not render previous oral agreements unenforceable.

Beverly Maeker and William Ross began a relationship moved into Ross’ Somerset County home in 1999. Ross financially supported Maeker until they separated in 2011.

Maeker claimed she devoted most of her life helping Ross advance because of his promises to provide her with lifetime financial support. Ross sought to dismiss the claim.

A lower court said the couple had time to comply with the state’s palimony law and put their agreement in writing.

But the state’s highest court returned the case to family court.

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