One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
Compensation made by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after separation.‘she is suing for palimony’‘a palimony trial in California’
- ‘At that point, the mother hired a palimony lawyer, the judge ordered DNA tests, and the results turned out to be negative.’
- ‘The way politically correct American divorce and palimony laws attack men, I wonder why ANY American male gets married or risks fatherhood.’
- ‘If it is not a palimony claim, it is clearly an attempt to enforce a contract, the consideration for which is wifely services being rendered on the part of a mistress.’
- ‘A partner in a Boston law firm, he initially offered to pay him $72,000 palimony for 10 years, list him as the beneficiary of a $500,000 life insurance policy, and split equally the proceeds from selling their house.’
- ‘She has countersued with a palimony suit, claiming Reynolds requested she ‘quit her job and move from Florida to California’ to live with him as his ‘companion and homemaker’.’
- ‘A long-term girlfriend lost a £3m palimony suit against him when their romance ended after almost two decades in 1993.’
- ‘Straight couples who cohabit only rarely get palimony judgments or court-ordered child support.’
- ‘The previous holder of those titles had sued him in 1982 for palimony; the action was dismissed two years later.’
- ‘A lawyer calls it ‘a palimony case without the sex.’’
1970s: from pal + a shortened form of alimony.
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