By Mike Stetzer
In some states, permanent maintenance may be awarded. Other states assign alimony awards that are limited to short term, rehabilitative payments that help a spouse with little or no income attend school or rejoin the workforce after divorce.
Maintenance is typically determined based on the economic circumstances of the parties and the ability of each to be self-supporting, without reference to who was at fault for the divorce.
Factors the divorce courts rely on in granting alimony awards may include:
In some states, maintenance will terminate if the recipient remarries.
In a few states, the parties can agree on a lump-sum payment instead of monthly alimony payments. A lump-sum alimony payment typically benefits both parties. It allows a single transaction that does away with the need for continued contact, administration and follow-up; however, there are some risks to a lump-sum payment.
If you are the receiving spouse and your circumstances change, you may not have the right to ask the court for an additional alimony. You might also face tax consequences if you receive alimony in a lump-sum.
Learn more about your right to alimony by connecting with a divorce lawyer near you. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a divorce case review form to set up a preliminary consultation. Work on protecting your financial future after divorce with help from a local divorce attorney.
The above synopsis of alimony is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local divorce lawyer in your area.