Palimony is the answer to the question as to what rights do I have when I cohabitate with another person. Palimony simply means that just because you live with somebody, you do not give up your contractual rights. In other words, claims for support and one’s share of property are not defeated by simply responding, “we weren’t married!” If a contract – express or implied existed for either or both, then there is no legal barrier to enforcement just because you were not married. The end result – a palimony claim.
Courts are divided up in different ways including, to name one, the type of matters the court will handle. So, for example, in California courts, we have courts that handle probate cases, courts that handle family law matters, courts that handle criminal matters, and courts that handle civil matters, to name a few. A palimony case is a civil case, not a family law case, and is handled in a civil court.
There are many ways to obtain assistance through this process. There are self-help clinics, non-profit organizations, private attorneys, tax-payer based family law services, mental health professionals, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coaches, accountants, friends, family, internet resources, books, periodicals, State Bar of California resources, document preparers, school officials, and law enforcement agencies.
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