What is palimony? And do we need to cover it in our domestic partnership agreement?

Especially in law, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Palimony is just a phrase coined by the media to describe the division of property or alimony-like support paid by one partner in an unmarried couple to the other after a breakup. It is not a legal concept. Legally, unmarried couples are not entitled to such payments unless they've made an agreement about it. In the famous case of Marvin v. Marvin, the California Supreme Court ruled that a person who lived with another and later sued for support could argue that an implied contract existed between them. To avoid the issue entirely, however, it's wise to include whether or not one partner will make payments to the other in your written agreement.