No palimony, no common law marriage in the State of Florida.

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I often get inquiries from women who have spent the greater part of 15 to 20 living together in the relationship, usually with a very wealthy man.  The relationship ends, and the women come  to me to find out what their rights are.

Unfortunately, I have to be the bearer of bad news.  In the State of Florida, unlike California and some other states, there is no palimony law.  That means that the client has “WASTED” 15 to 20 of the best years of her life, with no legal recourse after the relationship ends.  “BUT WE LIVED AS HUSBAND AND WIFE”, they say.  “EVERYONE THOUGHT WE WERE MARRIED”  they say.  They weren’t!  At least under the law. 

In New York State, if you hold yourselves out to the public as husband and wife for 7 years, it is as good as a…

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