Does Texas Recognize Palimony? Palimony is one of those terms that some people have never heard of, and those who have heard of it wonder if their state even recognizes it. That includes couples who are living right here in Texas.
This blog post dives into what palimony is, how it differs from alimony, and when it may be an option for you.
What is Palimony?
Palimony is a form of financial support between two people who were living together but never legally married and are now separated. Under palimony, one person makes periodic payments to their former partner when the couple splits in an effort to create fairness and equality. A perfect example is when one partner has a great job, a roof over their head, and the means to provide for themselves. Meanwhile, the other spouse is a homemaker and can prove they cannot provide the same financial support to meet basic needs because of certain factors.
If you are thinking that sounds a lot like alimony or spousal support, you are right. But while Texas allows couples to prove they are eligible for spousal support, it is earmarked for married couples who are getting divorced.
Texas is not a fan of palimony for non-married couples and generally disfavors it if there was no ceremonial or common law marriage. There are scenarios where you can be granted spousal support if you mistakenly believed you were married or you were together with your partner long enough, but it is best to speak to a qualified family law attorney.
These states allow some form of palimony (*under limited circumstances, though it is still not a given).
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
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If you are not legally married but have separated and are curious about whether or not you are eligible for spousal support such as palimony, please do not hesitate to contact our office so that we can steer you in the right direction. The Nelson Law Group brings nearly two decades of experience in family law to each and every case.
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