California Palimony Laws
An Overview by a Murrieta Family Lawyer
spousal support, palimony is one part of a couple providing monetary support to the other
half once the relationship has dissolved. Unlike spousal support, however,
palimony does not require that the couple have been joined into a legal
marriage. Up until a few decades around, palimony had never even been
heard of - and in fact was only coined in 1971 in the California Supreme
Court ruling of
Marvin v. Marvin. In this case, it was written that while the court recognized non-martial
relationship contracts, there had been no such contract and therefore
were no grounds for outlining monetary support.
If, however, there is a clear oral or written agreement between parties
in which one promises to provide support, there might grounds for a family
lawyer to fight for palimony. This is a difficult case to deal with and
is often fuzzy. Often, legal requirements in such a case demand that it
can be proven that not only did such a contract exist between both parties,
but they were in a stable, extended relationship. If there is sufficient
evidence to prove this, there is a good chance that a court will be able
to enforce the agreement.
Do I qualify for palimony?
If you have recently split with your romantic partner and find yourself
in a place of financial difficulty, it is important that you do not hesitate
to consider all of your options. At Hanson, Gorian & Bradford, our Murrieta
family law attorney team understands how difficult it can be to find yourself in
a gray area and we are therefore completely devoted to helping our clients
fight for their just outcome. If you have been promised financial support
and the other party is not living up to their end of the promise, you
very likely could have grounds for a legal suit.
Speak with a representative from our firm today so that we can evaluate your case and provide you
with more information.