Definition of palimony in US English:



North American
  • Compensation made by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after separation.

    • ‘At that point, the mother hired a palimony lawyer, the judge ordered DNA tests, and the results turned out to be negative.’
    • ‘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 way politically correct American divorce and palimony laws attack men, I wonder why ANY American male gets married or risks fatherhood.’
    • ‘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 lawyer calls it ‘a palimony case without the sex.’’
    • ‘The previous holder of those titles had sued him in 1982 for palimony; the action was dismissed two years later.’
    • ‘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.’


1970s: from pal + a shortened form of alimony.