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Alimony and Palimony: What’s the Difference?

Alimony and Palimony

Just about everyone has heard the term “alimony,” but “palimony” isn’t quite as well-known to the general public. While the terms sound similar, there is very little about them that are the same. Alimony, in California referred to as "spousal support" by the court, refers to a court-ordered payment that one spouse pays another spouse as part of a divorce settlement, while palimony is support that is paid to a cohabitating, but never-married partner at the end of a relationship. McKean Fun Fact: Palimony is not recognized in California under the family code. If you want support from a non-marital partner in California, a...

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