While many may think that
palimony is a legal term, it was actually something that was coined in the 1970's
after an actor was fighting for alimony payments even though they were
never married, just cohabitating. The actor, though wanting to end their
relationship, had agreed to help financially support the woman, though
it was never put in writing.
The woman claimed that though it wasn't on paper, it was clearly demonstrated
by their relationship; as she gave up her career to become a homemaker
for her partner. During the time of the relationship he had agreed that
half of his property was hers. So when they split, she sued him for "palimony"
and the court decided that because his actions implied this agreement,
the court ruled in her favor. This was the case of
Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal.3d 660.
Palimony then is considered to be "alimony" payments for a couple
who are cohabitating and remain unmarried. This is often does so for those
who have been together for an extended period of time and are essentially
acting as a married couple without the legal bonds of the union. In the
state of New York there are no palimony laws, which mean that a couple
would be required to have a written or oral agreement that couple be implied
by the court, before one person is given rights to their cohabitating
Due to the complexity of family and marriage laws and the fact that they
vary state by state, it is important to discuss any of your questions
or concerns with an experienced Long Island family attorney at the Meyers
Law Group. Our firm is equipped to handle a wide variety of family and
divorce cases, and we would love to discuss the details of your situation with you.
Call us today to schedule your appointment.