One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Compensation made by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after separation.
- ‘The previous holder of those titles had sued him in 1982 for palimony; the action was dismissed two years later.’
- ‘At that point, the mother hired a palimony lawyer, the judge ordered DNA tests, and the results turned out to be negative.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A lawyer calls it ‘a palimony case without the sex.’’
- ‘Straight couples who cohabit only rarely get palimony judgments or court-ordered child support.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The way politically correct American divorce and palimony laws attack men, I wonder why ANY American male gets married or risks fatherhood.’
1970s: from pal + a shortened form of alimony.
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