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Marriage is more than a piece of paper: ‘Playing house is not a good look,’ ex-girlfriend of ‘Sesame Street’ actor learns lesson the hard way

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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‘Playing house is not a good look,’ the ex-girlfriend of ‘Sesame Street’ actor Roscoe Orman learns that lesson the hard way

Here’s a sad tale of another woman having to learn the hard way that living together as husband and wife is not the same thing as being husband and wife.


Here’s a sad tale of another woman having to learn the hard way that living together as husband and wife is not the same thing as being husband and wife.

Sharon Orman, the partner of “Sesame Street” actor Roscoe Orman for close to 40 years and the mother of his 4 children, is claiming that the actor left her destitute after all these years to marry another woman.

Roscoe played Gordon Robinson, one of the original residents of Sesame Street on the TV program of the same name. On the show Robinson was teacher who lived with his wife Sharon. The idyllic life of marital bliss that Robinson created on the show could have been a mirror or his life at home with his real life Sharon–the only problem was that Orman never actually married the woman whom he spent decades with in a real-life relationship.

Yes, you read that correctly. In 40 years and after 4 children Roscoe never actually bothered to marry Sharon Orman. Ms. Orman even legally changed her last name to Orman. According to her, she had no idea that the man whom she referred to as her “husband” had taken up with another woman until she found pictures of said woman on her ex’s telephone.

Eventually Roscoe left Sharon and legally married the woman whose pictures Sharon discovered–Kimberley LaMarque Orman.

Sharon and Roscoe Orman during happier times

Sharon and Roscoe Orman during happier times

Currently Sharon Orman says that she is sleeping on the couch of one of her children. Her ex has not only cut off contact with her, but she claims he doesn’t even make contact with his children anymore.

But Ms. Orman isn’t taking her treatment at the hands of Roscoe lying down. She filed a complaint against her ex in New Jersey Superior Court. She claims that because they were “living together as husband and wife for almost 40 years,” she is entitled to spousal support.

The court has yet to rule on Ms. Orman’s complaint, but it is unlikely that she will be receiving any financial support from her ex. New Jersey, the state the couple resided in for the entirety of their relationship, does not recognize common law marriage.

Common law marriage NJ is not permitted. The state of New Jersey does not allow for the creation of common law marriage as a relationship in which a couple lives together without participating in a formal/lawful ceremony. Unlike other states in the U.S.; however, New Jersey does not allow a couple to acquire marital rights by living together for a specified period of time. As such, a couple will not be required to pursuit a legal action to end such a bond if said relationship was created in New Jersey.

Although Common Law Marriage New Jersey is not practiced in the state, New Jersey does recognized as valid, common law marriages created outside of the state, if the legal requirements of those states are fulfilled.

Mr. Orman’s Wikipedia entry lists Kimberley LaMarque Orman as the only spouse the actor has ever had. And if Wikipedia doesn’t even recognize Sharon’s relationship with Roscoe as being ‘official’–Wikipedia, which allows anyone to makes edits and obviously has a much lower bar set to establish “truth” than any legal institution–I don’t see how the state of New Jersey will accept their relationship as having any legal bearing either.

Source:”EXCLUSIVE: ‘Sesame Street’ star Roscoe Orman leaves ex ‘destitute’“–New York Post
Image via the New York Post

http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/playing-house-good-look-ex-girlfriend-sesame-street-actor-roscoe-orman-learns-lesson-hard/

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

bump

Tarot
by Tea on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM
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"playing house"? I didn't realize there was only one 'real' family.

Everyone already knows marriage gives rights you can't get any other way. What was the point of the article, except to slam those that choose not to marry?

EmilysMom2010
by Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Yep.
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Cubanmom84
by Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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Wow... that really sucks... I played house for 8 years and it came to a point that I was like ok that's it, we need to get married and after a while I started to get pushy lol because its true, you don't get the same respect, you don't get the same rights, and unfortunately you never really know if what happened to her could happen to you, and you and your children have to be protected.... smh after 40 years and 4 children... if i was one of those crazy chicks i would have beaten his ass... 

Mrs.Kubalabuku
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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If you choose not to marry, you should still see lawyers to write up wills and divisions of property.  You should also make your own investments and financial decisions, just in case.

lga1965
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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Quoting Tarot:

"playing house"? I didn't realize there was only one 'real' family.

Everyone already knows marriage gives rights you can't get any other way. What was the point of the article, except to slam those that choose not to marry?

 No, that's not the point at all. Not everyone already knows.....I think it was valuable and could help some young chickies who keep saying "We don't need a piece of paper, we feel married in every way" and all that kind of immature stuff. Its a good thing that this was published. It might save some clueless women from being screwed the way this woman was.

PestPatti
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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  I don't think " marriage" would have changed  the outcome.  He would have left her married or not.

phoebe81
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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But she would have had spousal support and probably half his estate. He'd have to divorce her, going through a lengthy legal battle. Leaving your wife for your mistress is much different than leaving your girlfriend for your other girlfriend.

Quoting PestPatti:


  I don't think " marriage" would have changed  the outcome.  He would have left her married or not.


jllcali
by Jane on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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Another example of why gays should be allowed to marry, so they have the same rights available to them as straights, should they so choose.
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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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This is why we *need* to legalize national SSM & SS2nd parent adoption in the the US. Although I normally argue prioritizing blatant discrimination, risking ourselves & oiur children playing house in a skim milk relationship is clearly insecure.
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