The term "palimony" describes the division of financial assets and real property upon the termination of a personal live-in relationship in which the parties are not legally married. California does not recognize common law marriages, but a former domestic partner can seek palimony in regard to financial support and the division of any property accumulated during the term of the relationship.
I am attorney Cary W. Goldstein. From The Law Office of Cary W. Goldstein, Esq., PC, in Beverly Hills, California, I focus the bulk of my family law practice on palimony cases — both plaintiff's and defense. I also provide knowledgeable and highly personalized legal representation in many other family law areas, including divorce, child custody and cohabitation agreements.
Palimony is one of the most misunderstood areas of law, even within legal circles. It is not a divorce, and cannot be treated as such. Because I worked with renowned attorney Marvin Mitchelson, who is widely recognized as the "father" of palimony as a result of his groundbreaking work in this area in the early 1970s, I have extensive experience and an intimate knowledge of palimony law. I believe I have handled more palimony cases than any other lawyer in the nation.
"I am glad, for our sake, that you are in this business. I hope you get many more letters reminding you of the difference you make in the lives of others. This world needs good people like you in the legal system to stand up for what is right. Thank you for making a difference."
— Email from a client
I have participated in a number of high-profile cases, including representing Bonnie Lee Bakley in the prenuptial agreement and paternity action against Robert Blake. Following her murder in 2001, I represented family members who sought relief.
I have earned national recognition as one of Southern California's pre-eminent palimony attorneys, and I am regularly asked to appear as a media commentator on issues relating to cohabitation law, palimony and division of property. I have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Dateline, Tru TV and many more.
I accept most plaintiff's palimony cases on a contingency basis, basing my fees on a percentage of financial assets recovered. My fees for the defense of palimony claims are hourly based. Litigation costs such as court filing fees, court reporter and deposition costs are the responsibility of the client.
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I also represent individuals in high-asset cases involving more traditional family law matters. While the large firms take on a high volume of cases to cover their overhead, I am more selective about the cases I accept. This allows me to become personally invested in my clients, taking the time to understand their goals and helping them set realistic expectations.
In each case, I try to reach a resolution as quickly as possible. However, I never sacrifice a client's best interests merely to bring a case to its conclusion. I am always prepared to argue a case in court if a fair agreement cannot be reached.
If you have questions for a family law attorney, call 310-273-7777 or email me to schedule a free consultation.
Mr. Goldstein was featured in the 2013 documentary "After Happily Ever After" on PBS World Channel's documentary series, America Reframed.