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Alimony, Palimony and Maintenance

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We tend to use single word for different contexts when they have very subtle difference in their meanings. Here we learn about such three words: alimony, palimony and maintenance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Alimony (N)
Meaning: 

Money that a court orders somebody to pay regularly to their former wife or husband when the marriage is ended.
The court directed the actor to pay Rs 8 lakh as alimony.

Palimony (N)
Meaning: 

Money that a court orders somebody to pay regularly to a former partner when they have lived together without being married.
Ex-lover of Salman Khan demanded palimony.

Maintenance (N)
Meaning:  

Money that somebody must pay regularly to their former wife, husband or partner, especially when they have had children together.

Hrithik Roshan's estranged wife, Sussanne, demands Rs 400 crores as a maintenance.


In a nutshell
Palimony is paying money to their former partner living in relationship but not married.
Alimony is paying money to their former wife or husband when they have no child.
Maintenance is paying money to their former wife or husband especially when they have child.







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