Palimony is money that one member of an unmarried couple has to pay to the other after they separate.
When a couple who was living together, but not married, separates and the man who was living with the woman continues to pay support to her, this support money is an example of palimony.
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an allowance or a property settlement claimed by or granted to one member of an unmarried couple who separate after having lived together
pal + (al)imony
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An allowance for support made under court order and given usually by one person to his or her former lover or live-in companion after they have separated.
Origin: Blend of pal and alimony. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. palimony - Legal Definition
A court-mandated payment by
one of a former unmarried couple, who cohabited, to the other. The term
originated in the reportage of Marvin
v. Marvin, a 1976 California case. A portmanteau word, constructed from
pal and alimony.
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