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.
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.
An allowance or a property settlement claimed by or granted to one member of an unmarried couple who separate after having lived together.
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.
Origin of palimony
- Blend of pal alimony
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Coined 1977 by celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson in suit of his client Michelle Triola Marvin against the actor Lee Marvin.