When a couple goes through a divorce, they have to settle several legal matters before the marriage is over. An important part of a divorce is determining alimony. Alimony is court-ordered financial support from one spouse to another. The payments are made regularly after the divorce for a period of time. This is done to support the other spouse when they need it. Sometimes, there are situations in a marriage that leave one spouse in an unfair financial standing after a divorce. Situations such as these can be if one spouse is the caretaker and one is the family provider. This may leave the caretaker without a salary of their own to start new. Alimony allows a dependent spouse the chance to rebuild their lives without financial trouble.
Types of Alimony
During divorce proceedings, a dependent spouse may be entitled to alimony. There are many different types of alimony that are available to a spouse depending on the circumstances.
Temporary, rehabilitative, or limited alimony may be available to individuals who require further education or training in order to become financially independent. There is also permanent alimony available to spouses who will never be able to financially support themselves after marriage. Periodic alimony is payments that are made over time and can be modified due to a change in circumstances. Alimony in gross may be awarded similarly to property distribution, but cannot be changed after a certain period of time.
Divorce can often be very difficult and marriages do not end with spouses on good terms. This can cause the topic of alimony to become difficult if one spouse does not want to support the other. Because of this, the court makes all decisions regarding support payments. When the court comes to a decision, they consider many factors. This may include:
- The income of each spouse.
- The length of the marriage
- Any potential future earnings of each spouse
- The health of each spouse
- The age of each spouse
- The property and assets owned by the couple
- A spouse’s conduct during the marriage, including any acts of adultery or misconduct
Alimony may be terminated under a few circumstances. This may be if a former spouse becomes financially stable or if the dependent party cohabitates with another individual or remarries.
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If you are going through a divorce and wish to know your options regarding alimony, contact the Law Offices of Stone Crosby, P.C. today.
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