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I was wondering if common law marriages were legal in NY State and NJ?

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I'm asing for my sister. She lived with a man for 35 years and he just passed away. We want to now can she recieve spousal benifits from his social security?

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Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 1 year ago

I was wondering if common law marriages were legal in NY State and NJ?

Response 1: Unfortunately, no. Common law marriage was abolished in New York in 1933 and New Jersey in 1939.

I'm asing for my sister. She lived with a man for 35 years and he just passed away. We want to now can she recieve spousal benifits from his social security?

Response 2: Regrettably, she cannot because there is no longer common law marriage in New York or New Jersey. So she would not be considered his widow.

I am sorry that I do not have better news for you.

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