Lived with my fiance for 21 years,had a child, It was her house when we met. So after 21 years of helping her pay her house off and putting money into it she still did not want to get married. So I decided to leave. Now I'm struggling with no money saved, am I intitled to any compensation to reestablish my self?
No common law anymore. You might talk to a family law attorney.
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I suggest that you consult with experienced family law attorney. You will not prevail insofar as seeking reimbursement for your financial contributions to a cohabitation relationship, as a recent Illinois Supreme Court case, Blumenthal v. Brewer, reaffirms that there is no common law marriage in Illinois and that cohabitation relationships are not subject to the same remedies available in dissolution of marriage proceedings.
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you are not legally entitled to anything, the illinois supreme court says so. no common law marriage in il.
While Illinois has not recognized common law marriage for over a hundred years, the case referenced by the other attorneys in this forum still allows for a restitution claim if there was a contractual basis for your contributions to the house purchase. However, the mere fact of a relationship is not sufficient to obtain restitution for contributions to a joint residence. You should review the specifics of your history with an attorney.
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