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Alimony is money paid by one spouse to the other after divorce, so that he/she will be able to maintain the standard of living that they experienced during the marriage. Alimony is awarded while the action of divorce is pending and is based on need, taking into consideration how long the marriage lasted, and the ability of the spouse to pay accordingly. For example, a long term marriage where one spouse was fully dependent on the other spouse will most likely be awarded permanent spousal support.
Alimony may come in the form of a one-time lump sum payment, or monthly payment plan given either temporarily or permanently until death. The amount of alimony awarded will depend upon the salaries of both spouses, the financial obligations of both spouses, the length of marriage, and other similar factors.
Going through a divorce can be a stressful and expensive process. Alimony or spousal support is typically awarded when one spouse has a much higher income than the other spouse. In some states such as New Jersey, there are no established laws for the allocation of spousal support, leaving the amount of alimony up to the discretion of family court judges.
A family law lawyer experienced in alimony laws is very important to have when going through a divorce. Divorces are typically already stressful and expensive processes, and adding in the negotiation of alimony can make it even more complicated. An alimony lawyer will make sure your rights are protected, whether paying alimony or receiving alimony.
Laws regarding alimony differ from state to state, and in some states the court will be the one determining the amount of alimony paid. Thus, having a lawyer will help petition the court to ensure you are not paying more than you can afford, or likewise, ensuring you are getting the amount you need to live comfortably.
An alimony lawyer represent clients in alimony matters, especially during divorce or dissolution of marriage. An alimony lawyer can help petition the court if the amount of alimony has been altered. A lawyer can establish your case for alimony by presenting the length of your marriage, the standard of living you had during the marriage and your contributions to the marriage.
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