Comprehensive Legal Services for Alimony and Palimony

Alimony and palimony are both forms of financial support paid by one spouse or partner to the other. The difference between the two is that alimony is support paid by a husband or wife to a spouse, while palimony is support paid by an unmarried partner to an unmarried partner. Palimony is also sometimes used as shorthand to describe the division of assets between unmarried parties.

At Willick Law Group, our experienced attorneys understand the complexities of alimony and palimony cases. We are dedicated to providing you with the best legal service and advice to ensure you receive the financial support you need.

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Alimony vs Palimony: An Overview

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Spousal Support/Alimony

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other during and after a divorce. One purpose of spousal support cited often in long-term marriages is to provide financial assistance to the recipient spouse to help them maintain the same standard of living that they enjoyed during the marriage.

The amount and duration of spousal support is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration factors such as the length of the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse, and the financial need of the recipient. The payment of spousal support can be made in a lump sum, in regular installments, or a combination of both. Usually, spousal support can be modified or terminated if circumstances change, such as if the recipient spouse remarries or becomes self-supporting. Some spousal support awards are labeled “non-modifiable.”

Can Alimony or Child Support Payments Ever Be Changed?

Common law marriage, palimony, and cohabitation are legal terms that are related to living together and the rights of unmarried partners who live together.

  • Common law marriage is a type of marriage where a couple lives together for a certain amount of time and is legally recognized as a married couple in certain states, even though they may not have a marriage license. Nevada outlawed common-law marriage in 1943, but recognizes such marriages if validly entered into elsewhere.
  • Palimony may be a form of financial support or compensation that is awarded to an unmarried partner, usually after a long term relationship; when used this way it often looks similar to the financial support that a spouse would receive in a divorce. Nevada has not explicitly endorsed such awards by statute or appellate decision, but Nevada case law does support dividing assets accrued between parties who accrue property together by explicit or implicit agreement.
  • Cohabitation is when two people live together without being married. In some states, cohabiting couples have certain personal rights, such as the right to visit each other in the hospital or to make medical decisions for each other, and certain property rights in assets that were accrued while the parties were operating as partners in the accrual of those assets.

Dedicated Legal Service for Your Financial Support Needs

If you are looking for experienced and knowledgeable legal services for alimony or palimony issues, the Willick Law Group is the perfect choice. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in all types of alimony, palimony, and cohabitation disputes, and we understand the nuances of the law and the importance of working to achieve a fair and equitable outcome.

Whether you are seeking or defending against an alimony or palimony claim, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and interests. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.