Initially, New Jersey courts allowed a palimony claim to based upon oral promises; however, in 2010 the New Jersey Legislature amended the Statute of Frauds (N.J.S.A. 25:1-5(h)) to require that any palimony agreement be in writing to be enforceable, and also required that both parties obtain independent legal advice on the agreement. The statute was later determined to apply only to palimony agreements that occurred after the date of the statute (January 18, 2010). So, any oral agreements or promises made prior to that date may still be valid.
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RANDY C. REDDEN