Can I get alimony although we never married?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Feb 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question: I live with my boyfriend in Dunwoody.  We've lived together for 4 years.  We tell people that we're married so everyone at my office in Atlanta and everyone at his office in Alpharetta thinks we are married.  We celebrate our anniversary every year and he says that he considers us married.

But we're not really married.  I've tried to get married but he says he doesn't want to get married because his parents are divorced and he doesn't ever want to go through something like that.  His parents had a nasty divorce.

But now he told me that we're breaking up and that I have to move out of the house.  He did buy the house but I decorated it.  Since he makes a lot more money than I do I was wondering if I could get alimony, although we were never married.

I really do need the money because he paid for pretty much everything for me.  Can I get alimony even thought we were never married?  I think I read something that a celebrity had to pay alimony to someone he didn't marry.

T.T. in Dunwoody

Answer: No, under the laws of the state of Georgia if you were never married you are  not eligible for alimony.  There have been widely reported cases of people attempting to get “palimony” from some celebrities.  They have claimed that the celebrity should pay them because of a long-term relationship and that the celebrity said that the other person would always “be taken care of.”  However, these claims have failed.

So, without a written contract between you and your boyfriend, you will not be able to collect any money from him based upon the facts you have related.

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