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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.
An annulment is a legal procedure for nullifying a marriage. An annulment makes a marriage null and void, as if it never happened from the start. Grounds for annulment vary according to the state, but typically apply to marriages took place at underage parties, those that involve blood relationships or the absence of mental or physical capacity. Other reasons for annulment could be intoxication, refusal of intercourse or concealment of prior marriage.
It can be difficult in some jurisdictions to get an annulment once a married couple has children. An annulment can also limit a couple's ability to share the estate or to get spousal support or alimony.
If you or someone you know are seeking a marriage annulment or have been served with annulment papers, a family lawyer can help. A family lawyer can help represent you in your annulment petition with the court. Having a family lawyer on your side can help protect your interests and can help facilitate the process.
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