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Alimony: How it Works

Divorce is a complicated process. The system of alimony ensures that both spouses are still in a financially secure place when the process concludes. 

Alimony was created as a financial system to prevent any unfair economic penalties from a divorce. The underlying philosophy of this practice is that the spouse potentially receiving support gave up their own opportunity to advance in their career during the marriage. This could be because they had to move away to be with their spouse, they stayed home to raise children, or any number of other reasons. 

Alimony is not a right. While most states follow legislation established by the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, courts possess broad authority to decide whether financial support is necessary, who must pay, how much must be paid, and for how long. 

Some of the factors that may be considered when awarding alimony include:

  • The age, physical ability, emotional standing, and financial status of the divorcing couple
  • How long the potential recipient would need to acquire the education or training necessary to become self-sufficient
  • What the standard of living was for the divorcing couple during the marriage
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • How capable the potential giver of the alimony is to pay the amount of alimony requested

All of these factors can influence the court’s decision, but no single factor can guarantee or disqualify a spouse’s ability to receive alimony.

Alimony can be a significant drain on your resources if the amount owed becomes onerous. On the other hand, you may need alimony while you get your feet under you. In either case, alimony can be a delicate balance, and the best way to protect your interests is with an experienced family law attorney. The best way to find an experienced family law attorney is with Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms lets us match you with the best family law attorney in your area. Our partners have extensive experience with spousal support negotiations and settling complex divorces. 

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no obligation consultation and begin your journey to freedom today.

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