US Alimony Lawyers & Attorneys
Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, refers to financial payments made to one spouse after the marriage ends. This can be a confusing thing to understand – after all, once the marriage is over shouldn’t that be the end of financial support? Not necessarily. Because you have built a life together, you have also gotten used to a certain way of life. Sometimes the higher income earner will need to pay a portion of his or her income to his ex-spouse under a support agreement.
Traditionally a husband would pay alimony to his wife. This is still usually the case when the husband is the main income earner. However, keep in mind that alimony and child support are two separate things. You may be required to only pay one of them; you may be required to pay neither; or, you may need to pay both. It all depends on your unique situation.
Whether you are being forced to pay alimony or whether you are wondering if you are entitled to anything, our Uniteed States divorce lawyers can help you out. One of the things that will be brought up during the divorce procedure is alimony payments. We can help you assess the situation and determine what you are entitled to receive.
There are two main types of alimony options – temporary and permanent.
Temporary alimony payments are payments that will end after a certain period of time. For example, you may be entitled to alimony for three years. This may provide you enough to complete a school course, obtain a career, and build yourself financially.
Permanent alimony payments are payments that will indefinitely continue. Permanent alimony will only end if the recipient remarries, the court terminates the support, or if either party dies.
Am I Entitled to Alimony?
Your entitlement to alimony will depend entirely on your financial situation. There are several factors that are considered when settling spousal maintenance. The court will consider how long you and your spouse were together, whether you signed a pre nuptial agreement or not, whether you both worked or only one of you worked, and who has contributed to the property and assets required during the marriage. Other factors include:
- the financial resources available to each party,
- the education and training of each party,
- the ability to earn an income,
- the standard of living established during the marriage, and
- the age, physical and emotional condition of each party.
Contact a United States Divorce Lawyer
It can be hard to rebuild your life after a divorce, especially when you have become used to having a certain amount of income every week. Our United States alimony lawyers can help fight on your behalf and ensure that you are being treated fairly in this situation.