By Chris Kramer
Alimony law governs the spousal support payments that one spouse pays to the other during and after divorce. Alimony payments are made completely independent of child support or other financial divorce settlements, such as property distribution. Typically, divorce courts order the spouse with a higher income to make alimony payments to the spouse with a lower or no income.
Alimony payments may also be referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance payments in some states. Divorce laws in your state have different statutes about the type, amount, factors considered and length of alimony payments. In some states, the divorce court may take fault into account. Other states factor the length of the marriage and earning capacity of each spouse.
Divorce courts in some states may remain reluctant to order alimony payments or may allow only for temporary alimony payments.
State alimony laws and guidelines dictate which type of alimony payments a spouse may receive.
The terminology differs from state to state. In some states, rehabilitative alimony may be referred to as temporary maintenance. A divorce lawyer in your area can help you understand the alimony laws in your state and how your payments may be affected.
Alimony laws can be complex and alimony guidelines may take many situations and factors into consideration. Alimony guidelines vary from state to state due to differing alimony laws, but some things that may impact an alimony award include:
Alimony law can depend on the circumstances of your divorce. Connect with a divorce lawyer to learn about alimony law and what you may be entitled to receive or obligated to pay. Fill out a divorce case review form or call 877-349-1310 to set up a preliminary consultation today. Work with a local divorce attorney to protect your financial future.
The above synopsis of alimony law 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.