A couple that has lived together but never been legally married still has rights. When such a relationship ends, one partner may be left in a situation where they need financial support from the other. In these cases, this form of support is known as palimony, rather than alimony (as it would be for married couples). These types of claims are also sometimes referred to as Marvin claims, based upon the case of the late actor Lee Marvin, who was taken to court by his long-time girlfriend and sued for financial support.
If you and a partner have ended a relationship, you need to understand how Marvin claims can apply to you. Retain the representation of a seasoned attorney to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the proceedings. At Mansouri Law Offices, we specialize in all types of family law services and can help you to understand the process involved in a Marvin claim.
SUPPORT WHEN A RELATIONSHIP ENDS
Even if a couple has never been married, when that relationship comes to an end, one of the partners may be able to ask for palimony. The claim would be brought to the court as a civil suit and treated like a contract agreement. When looking at whether or not someone is eligible for palimony, many factors have to be considered. Did the partner live together? Was one of the partners supporting the other? These and other questions need to be answered.
Understanding the laws that apply to palimony and Marvin claims requires the help of an experienced attorney familiar with these types of claims. Whether you are a partner looking for support, or the one who is being asked to provide support, it is important to have someone on your side to help guide you through the process. Working with our firm, you will have a team that has an established record of success in family law.