Alimony, or spousal support, is a periodic payment from one spouse to the other that can be ordered by the court in case of divorce or legal separation. Its purpose is to provide support to a former spouse who may otherwise face economic hardship because of the divorce or separation.
Alimony is usually not considered by the judge unless it is asked for. Therefore, the role of the attorney is to either try to secure an alimony award from your former spouse, or argue against it if you believe there are insufficient grounds for you to pay alimony to your former spouse.
The following factors are commonly considered:
- •The past relations and conduct of the parties
- •The length of the marriage
- •The prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is
- responsible for the support of others
- •The health of the parties
- •The age of the parties
- •The income earning potential of the party requesting alimony
- •The ability of the parties to pay alimony
Once alimony is awarded it is non dischargeable in bankruptcy. If alimony is not awarded it is typically “forever barred” which means a party cannot get it at a later time. Either way, an alimony ruling can affect your financial situation for months, years, or sometimes, for life.
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