Unwed Couples Could Be Subjected to Support Orders
Like Alimony for the Married, Palimony Could Be Next for Washington
The line dividing the legal rights of married couples and the legal rights of unmarried couples living in long-term “Committed Intimate Relationships” has, over time, been judicially dismantled.
Over the last 40 years, our Courts have created new judicial doctrines of quasi-community, or “community-like”, property to handle the necessary division of property that was acquired during a Committed Intimate Relationship. The Courts have looked to the principles of Community Property laws for guidance in the division of assets during the termination of a Committed Intimate Relationship.
So, after years of living and sharing in a Committed Intimate Relationship, why is the economically weaker partner not entitled to the same post-relationship economic support of a divorced spouse?
If you are entitled to child support, why wouldn’t you be entitled to “quasi-spousal” support?
Partners dissolving a Committed Intimate Relationship should be entitled to the same fair and equitable treatment in the awarding of “quasi-spousal” support as they receive in the award of child support and the division of assets.
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