Q: As a common law wife of 20 years, do I have any financial recourse from my spouse...
We had no children together and I didn’t work outside our home..I was solely dependent on my spouse financially.. we have one home in both our names, and a summer home in his name..
A: unfortunately, NY does NOT recognize common law marriage therefore there is no equitable distribution.
A: There is no "common law" marriage in NY. You are not married under the law. If there are joint accounts, you are entitled to those accounts as a joint signatory. You are still a joint owner of property in both names. But you are not entitled to anything that is not in your name.
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