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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

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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/

by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I dont understand how it isnt federally recognised...common law marriage that is.

Marriage here is literally a piece of paper.  Common law marriages hold as much pull as a legally signed piece of paper one.

I know three couples who have happily played house for the past 30 years...my brother being one and my close friend another.  

coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.

Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.




Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.





Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.

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MsMcWithey
by Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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I don't know about NJ, but in Michigan and California, being married for at least 10 years also makes you eligible for half his pension.

Quoting phoebe81:

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.


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loverbug75
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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Marriage just like love is a verb not a noun. So if you act like a married couple you are married! Any opinion otherwise is a argument for some stupid chic who feels special because she had a fancy day and wears a fancy ring... The two LEAST important things about a marriage!
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loverbug75
by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Hey you said a stupid thing. You compared a woman to a cow and you're offended. Oh please....


Quoting coolmommy2x:

Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.



Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.






Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.







Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.


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coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM
You've never heard that expression before?!

Quoting loverbug75:

Hey you said a stupid thing. You compared a woman to a cow and you're offended. Oh please....




Quoting coolmommy2x:

Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.





Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.








Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.









Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.


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lga1965
by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:03 AM

 I agree with you.

Have you noticed that there are a few Moms here who don't know how to disagree in a civilized and classy way? They would rather use their potty mouth.  I just disregard what they have to say.

Quoting coolmommy2x:

Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.

Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.




Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.





Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.

 

lga1965
by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:05 AM

 Yes, it is a matter of self respect. And setting a good example.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 

I think this is the very first time you and I have agreed on ANYTHING, but YES, this....a thousand times, THIS. 

A close relative of mine lived with a wonderful woman for years and years.  She and I were close and she had a kid that I loved.    He didn't marry her.  He met another woman (who also, oddly, had a child exactly the same age), broke up with the first, and married the second within 6 months. 

They've been married nearly 40 years.  The second, ultimately, his wife didn't do that shack up stuff because she realized she was an example to her child, and respected herself enough to be a man's wife, but not his live-in. 

Quoting lga1965:

 

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.

 

 

 

coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Yeah, I noticed. I don't know why but after 6 years of CM, I am still surprised that conversations can't be civil or respectful. How sad are people's lives?

Quoting lga1965:

 I agree with you.


Have you noticed that there are a few Moms here who don't know how to disagree in a civilized and classy way? They would rather use their potty mouth.  I just disregard what they have to say.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.


Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.





Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.






Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.


 

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loverbug75
by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Look sorry. You're right. I guess I feel it's a free ride to be rude on here because its not an intimate friendship. I do apologize. I'm stressed... Father in-laws dying, I got into a car accident and I barely sleep (opposite shifts while raising a toddler). That's my reason but its no excuse. Again I'm sorry. I forget that it's real people on the other end of the Internet-line. Again I'm sorry. I need to remember my manners.


Quoting loverbug75:

Hey you said a stupid thing. You compared a woman to a cow and you're offended. Oh please....




Quoting coolmommy2x:

Excuse me? You don't have to agree but no reason for the attitude.





Quoting loverbug75:

Mooooo. Shut the fuck up.








Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree. He didn't buy the cow because he got the milk for free.









Quoting HaleyCovington:

It's a sad story but she should have been smarter about it. No one expects to be left like that after 40 years and 4 kids but it happens and the one person she should have been looking out for was herself and she didn't. He's a real piece of work for doing that to her but she only has herself to blame for not making him legally commit to her.



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