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New Palimony Law in New Jersey with Stephanie Hagan, Esq.

Palimony Agreements Must Now Be in Writing to Be Enforceable

In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of cases dealing with palimony. Palimony has long been based on the law of contracts, where an oral promise can be enforced if a party relies and acts on it to their detriment. But a new law in the State of New Jersey was enacted during the last days of the Corzine Administration, requiring that for a palimony agreement to be enforceable, it must now be in writing and be executed with the independent advice of legal counsel. This bill will now require people to first register their intent to provide support by signing an agreement, just like in a civil union.

In this broadcast of Forensic Perspectives, forensic accounting expert Mark S. Gottlieb discusses this issue with New Jersey matrimonial and family law attorney Stephanie Hagan of Donohue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome and O’Donnell PC.

About Our Guest

Stephanie Hagan, Esq. is one of the founding partners of the Morristown, New Jersey law firm Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome and O’Donnell PC. Ms. Hagan has practiced Family Law exclusively for more than 23 years.  Her firm specializes exclusively in the practice of Matrimonial and Family Law, making it one of the largest specialty firms in New Jersey. Six members of the firm were listed in Super Lawyers– New Jersey Edition.

As a frequent lecturer and panelist, Ms. Hagan regularly speaks on a variety of family law topics. She is often appointed as a mediator by the courts throughout the state, and she also handles private mediations. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a member of the Fee Arbitration Committee for Morris County.