Blend of pal (“a close friend”) + alimony (“support payment from one former spouse to another after a divorce”).
Coined 1977 by celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson in suit of his client Michelle Triola Marvin against the actor Lee Marvin.
- (law) A form of alimony paid to a former partner in a nonmarital relationship.
- ^ Marvin v. Marvin (1976) 18 C3d 660. Retrieved on 2008-03-01