my fiancee and I were together for 20 years. He left me with no warning with no car , no income, and no means of supporting myself in the manner to which I am acostomed. can u off any advie for some help here!
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): South Carolina
Fortunately, South Carolina actually recognizes common law marriage. This means that as long as you and your fiancee held yourselves out to others as a married couple, then you had a common law marriage and you can file for divorce from your fiancee and the court will direct him to provide you with spousal support (alimony).
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Does New Jersey also recognize the same? Common law marriage and divorce?
New Jersey does not have common law marriage, although they would recognize a common law marriage if it was legally valid in another state, such as South Carolina.
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