In palimony cases, the amount of money owed to the financially dependent partner is based on the promise or contract that was made between the partners. The sum of the support awarded is normally the amount determined to be necessary to support the plaintiff for the rest of her life, beginning from the time of the breakup of the relationship for as long as she might be expected to live. (There are special charts that allow experts to calculate the average life expectancy of a person of the plaintiff’s age.) Unlike a divorce action, a palimony lawsuit can be filed only to recover money, not property. Division of property is only allowed in the context of a legal marriage.