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What is Palimony?

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 partners property.

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.