Alimony

» Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Alimony, Divorce | 1 comment

The end of a marriage can bring about many issues that need to be sorted out. Among them are the equal sharing of properties and marital wealth. There are many instances where only one spouse provides the financial support to the other spouse, mainly because the other is his or her dependent. Once the relationship ends and the marriage is being dissolved, alimony could be one of the first and most important parts of the divorce proceedings.

Alimony is the monetary support given by a spouse to the other, usually granted by the court who determines if the divorce has caused unfair economic outcome to one of the spouses. It can either be temporary or permanent. Determining which would be applicable to you and your spouse can be explained by divorce lawyers. There are many types of alimony that can be given to a spouse who earns none or less than the other spouse.

  1. Permanent alimony – the type where the payment is indefinite. The court usually grants this type of alimony once the other spouse is unable to support themself or they are handicapped in some way, they have no employment skills, or have taken care of the home. However, this alimony can be stopped once the other spouse has remarried, cohabited with another or has died.
  2. Temporary alimony – also called alimony perdente lite, is granted while the divorce is ongoing or there is no final decision yet. It is paid as support for the divorce cost, everyday expenses and other things that one spouse (who is dependent on the time of marriage). It will cease once the divorce is final, or the court has decided for another type of alimony.
  3. Reimbursement alimony- this is granted as payment to the financial support on the spouse who has helped put the other spouse through school or any education. It is a continuous payment given until the tuition fee is fully paid, or at least half of it.
  4. Rehabilitative alimony – given as a support to help the other spouse who is not able to provide for themselves; potentially due to unemployment, disabilities, or other factors. This type of alimony can be given in intervals, and will be stopped once the court finds that the spouse is able to provide for him or herself.
  5. Lump-sum alimony – given when one spouse prefers to take monetary support rather than get properties or other valuables. The court is the one who can order the lump-sum to be one-time only, as alternative to the property and items of value.

It can be hard to compute the alimony amount, therefore asking about it with competent and trusted divorce lawyers could be beneficial in ensuring you get the right and fair amount.  Certain factors can affect the amount of alimony that can be granted, so talking with your divorce lawyers could greatly benefit you in the proceedings to come.

1 Comment

  1. Very well written. This is a nice, concise guide to the issue of alimony and what people pursuing divorce need to know.

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