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There was a time when living together in a long-term relationship and acting as husband and wife was considered under the law to be equal to marriage. That was called common law marriage and it was abolished by statute in New Jersey in 1939.
Since common law marriage ended, there are no longer any laws with guidelines for determining whether support should be awarded from one unmarried partner to another when their long-term relationship ends.
This Act gives homosexual partners and senior, heterosexual, unmarried couples various rights. To receive these benefits, the couple must file an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with the local registrar. In order to qualify for registration, the couple must reside together, share living expenses, and share a bank account or some other property.
To file for divorce in New Jersey under no-fault grounds, the couple must have been living separate and apart in different residences for at least 18 consecutive months. There must be no hope of reconciliation in the marriage.
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