Palimony Definition

An allowance or a property settlement claimed by or granted to one member of an unmarried couple who separate after having lived together.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World Law

(law) A form of alimony paid to a former partner in a nonmarital relationship.


Origin of Palimony

  • Coined 1977 by celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson in suit of his client Michelle Triola Marvin against the actor Lee Marvin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Blend of pal (“a close friend") and alimony (“support payment from one former spouse to another after a divorce").

    From Wiktionary

  • Blend of pal alimony

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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