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Man and woman lived together...
Man and woman lived together for 18 years. Both contributed to household. Woman asked man to leave because of differences. Man continued to provide financial suppport, although living elsewhere. Man wants to stop paying. What is the risk?
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Thank youCustomerfor your question.

Unless there has been a written agreement that you will become financially responsible for this person in the event of a break up, you are not legally responsible to this person. Oregon does not recognize any amount of cohabitation as being a common law marriage, whereby she could assert legal rights as a common law spouse.

The only way you can be made responsible would be if she can produce evidence of an agreement that you would be responsible for her support. Absent any evidence of this obligation, you are not subject to any risk of paying palimony.

In general palimony is based on a contractual obligation and living together alone does not raise the assumption that you will be financially responsible because as stated, Oregon does not recognize common law marriages.


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