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In re Estate of Roccamonte
Citation:808 A.2d 838 (N.J. 2002)
In the 1950s, Plaintiff Mary Sopko met Arthur Roccamonte while living in New Jersey, and they began an affair while married to other people. Plaintiff left Roccamonte and went to California when Roccamonte refused to divorce his wife and marry Plaintiff. Roccamonte then promised Plaintiff that he would provide for her financially for the rest of her life if she returned to him. Relying on this promise, Plaintiff divorced her husband, returned to New Jersey, and lived with Roccamonte as husband and wife. Roccamonte provided for Plaintiff and her daughter, and Plaintiff committed herself to her relationship with Roccamonte, who never divorced his wife. Roccamonte repeatedly reassured Plaintiff both to her and in the presence of others that Plaintiff would be provided for during her life, even in the event that she survived Roccamonte. However, Roccamonte died intestate. Plaintiff commenced a palimony action against Roccamonte’s estate, seeking a lump-sum support award.
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