When a divorce is imminent, and a couple decides to split and file to dissolve their marriage through divorce, they should contact an attorney to understand spousal support or palimony.
Alimony vs. Palimony
Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is a court-order amount of money due from one divorcing spouse to the other. The alimony can be received immediately through a pendente lite order, allowing the receiving spouse to obtain alimony payments as soon as the divorce proceedings begin. Alimony can help ex-partners maintain the standard of living they were accustomed to during the marriage.
Palimony is similar to alimony but is a monetary payment awarded to an ex-partner from a California-recognized domestic partnership. In order for one person to be eligible for palimony, the couple must have been registered in a domestic partnership or lived together as husband and wife or cohabitating couple that was recognized under California law to be receiving similar benefits as legally married couples. Palimony is not always guaranteed, however, and if you are dissolving a domestic partnership and looking to receive palimony, you should contact an attorney.