Knowledgeable Washington Lawyers Advise Clients on Palimony Issues
Effective Tacoma attorneys handle financial support disputes after a breakup
As relationship partners increasingly choose not to marry, challenging legal questions arise when a couple who has lived together breaks up. In many cases, the partners have established significant financial ties along with their emotional bonds. Since the 1970s, states have taken different approaches to “palimony” disputes when one half of a couple seeks payment after a split. If your nonmarital relationship has ended and this might be an issue, our Washington attorneys can advise you how the law applies to your situation. At Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. in Tacoma, our family law attorneys have considerable experience effectively assisting Washington clients with these types of difficult issues.
Skillful advocates pursue favorable results in Marvin actions and other palimony claims
Whether you are seeking support from a former partner or are being pursued for palimony, we will stand up for your rights during negotiations and in court. We can explain how the following factors might affect your case:
- Written or spoken contracts. If one party has agreed to support the other financially in the event of a breakup, we can assess whether the terms are enforceable.
- Duration of the relationship. When a couple has been together for many years, their financial lives often become inextricably linked. In some of these cases, a court might find that some post-breakup support is appropriate.
- California Marvin actions. In the groundbreaking case involving the late actor Lee Marvin, a California judge decided that state law allows for a palimony award even if an express deal was not made. Most states don’t follow this precedent, but our firm details the laws that affect your case.
- Household contributions. Like a spouse, an unmarried partner often sacrifices their earning ability to take care of the shared home or support the other person’s career. This might justify compensation later.
Whether you are seeking support from a former partner or are being pursued for palimony, we will stand up for your rights during negotiations and in court.
Accomplished advisers assert your legal rights in a post-relationship support claim
At Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C., we devote personalized attention to each client we represent. If you are involved in a palimony dispute, we will develop a complete picture of the relevant circumstances and present a strong argument on your behalf.