The Law Offices of

B J Fadem & Associates, APC

Certified Family Law Specialist

Palimony comes from the word alimony, which is the word for support that is paid by one spouse to another after a divorce, and pal meaning a partner of an unmarried couple living together. The word was coined by attorney Marvin Mitchelson who was representing Michelle Triola Marvin against actor Lee Marvin in a case where she was seeking to recover support payments, much like alimony payments in a divorce. The couple had lived together for several years and she alleged that he had told her he would support her for the rest of her life. After they broke up, she said that they had an oral agreement whereby she would give up a career and take care of him in return for his agreement to give her half of his income and property acquired during their relationship. The California Supreme Court ruled that Michelle Marvin had not proven the existence of any contractual relationship between the parties and she was therefore not entitled to any portion of the money or property acquired during their relationship.

Divorce on the other hand is the dissolution of a marriage between two parties requiring them to distribute the property between them in accordance with the laws of the state within which they reside. California is called a community property state, which means that all property, real or personal, wherever situated, acquired by a party to the marriage during the marriage relationship while living within the state is community property. This community property shall be divided equally between the parties unless they have entered into some other written agreement or made an oral stipulation of the parties in open court. Separate property of either party to a marriage is that property, real or personal, wherever situated, which they owned prior to entering into the marriage relationship or acquired during the marriage by gift, bequest, devise or descent. In a divorce, the court will look at many things before determining alimony or spousal support, including the ability of the spouse seeking support to support themselves, the ability of a party to pay spousal support, the needs of the parties, the duration of the marriage and the standard of living established during the marriage, among other things.

Whether you have been involved in a long-term relationship with another unmarried person or in a marriage relationship contemplating divorce, you owe it to yourself to seek the advice of a reputable and experienced divorce attorney. San Jose divorce attorney BJ Fadem has been representing clients in San Jose and throughout California for 33 years. A seasoned Trial Lawyer, BJ Fadem is highly regarded by the judiciary and peers as a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State of California Bar Association. In addition to divorce law, the firm’s practice includes a wide variety of family law matters including annulments, legal separationrestraining orders, property settlement agreements,child supportvisitation agreements, spousal support, and international family law.

Call our Bay Area family law firm toll free at (866) 973-2336 today, or contact us online to schedule your own confidential, no-obligation initial consultation to sit down and discuss how we can help you. We will answer your questions and advise about the best way to present your case for the most favorable outcome. Because we understand these are sensitive and emotional times, we want you to feel free to bring your children with you when you come to our child-friendly office, conveniently located at 111 North Market Street, Suite 910. For directions call our office at (408) 280-1220.

Client Testimonials
  • BJ Fadem was my lawyer in a child custody case. He was incredible. He knew my fears and took the time to ease everyone of them. BJ was helpful with everything. He is about fair and what is best. I would not have made it through the process without him. BJ is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and straight forward. I would recommend him for anyone that is in need of a Family Law lawyer. Hated going through it, but he made it incredibly painless!Posted by Scot
  • I hired BJ Fadem and Associates to enforced my divorce settlement. BJ Fadem and Associates read through the entire divorce settlement and wrote a letter to my ex-husband pointing out what was not being enforced. BJ is very kind and makes you feel comfortable talking about the situation. BJ and his staff followed through on getting the tasks done and my ex husband complied with his responsiblities. The best possible outcome I could have expected and I couldn't have reached that result without BJ Fadem and his team!Anonymous
  • I have had several opportunities to consult with this law firm over the past few years. I have always received timely and courteous responses to my inquiries. The reason I return time and time again is knowledgeable employees and the respect I am treated with. I also think that the noncondensending matter in which I was treated was a prime factor. It was hard enough to go through what I did, I appreciated not being talked down to by some old stuffy lawyer. Though I have only consulted with Fadem Law, I have referred a few family members who were totally happy with the outcome of their cases.Posted by Claude
  • Mr Fadem is extremely knowledgeable of the laws. Felt he was very in tuned to my needs and fought those. Would definitely would use again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDPosted by Sharon
  • I endorse Mr FADEM Loved The Way He Went To Bat For Me Very Skilled!!! Mostly He Listened When I Thought I Had No Hope!!! Thanks For CaringPosted by Darrell Fears
  • I had a previous attorney who so screwed up my divorce that I almost lost my home, custody and my business!!! When I did my initial consultation with Mr. Fadem, him and and his staff immediately started working on my case to get things saved! The professionalism, customer service and legal knowledge this firm has is incredible!! I can't say enough!! My case is still going on. However, I am so grateful for all they have done and are doing on my behalf!Posted by anonymous
  • I have worked with Mr. Fadem on many occasions and he is as intelligent, professional, and dedicated as they come. His knowledge of family law is outstanding and I refer him to anyone who needs a specialized and highly skilled family law attorney.Posted by Emily
  • As a father with an extremely challenging custody situation, I went through several attorneys before retaining BJ Fadem. Without a doubt BJ has helped my case and my family reach favorable results more quickly and effectively than the collective effort of my first three attorneys combined. Based on years of favorable results and such a positive experience there is no way I would use any other law firm for custody or family law matters. BJ Fadem is absolutely one of the finest custody attorneys in the bay area.Posted by Gary
  • Professional and Skilled. Great Law Office! Mr. BJ Fadem is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney with great experience. Thank you!Larry
    California Jan 27, 2014