The Attorneys at JM Blattner, LLC: Alimony and Spousal Support
Alimony and spousal support are the same thing and designed to help an out-of-work spouse or lower earning spouse. Its intention is to financially assist that spouse get through the divorce process and transition into becoming self-supporting. Alimony has become less common over the past decade, and its duration is typically brief. In situations where both spouses work and there isn’t much different in their incomes, it’s unlikely the court would award alimony. However, in cases where the marriage has been 10+ years, alimony is generally automatic. The termination date for alimony is included in the divorce settlement and automatically terminates when the spouse receiving the support remarries.
Types of Alimony
Temporary support can be allotted while the divorce is pending. This is especially helpful for the lower earning spouse. The attorneys at JM Blattner, LLC can assist you in crafting a written agreement for temporary support. If you have the right to temporary support, it’s starts as soon as you separate. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to wait until the final divorce settlement to arrange for spousal temporary support. Short-term and rehabilitative support are often ordered in marriages that have been brief. It also lasts for only a few years. Rehabilitative support is a kind of short term support designed to help the spouse get reeducated, retrained and back to work. Spouses who receive rehabilitative support are responsible for pursuing education and employment. If this is not done, the other spouse may request a modification of the support amount.
Long term spousal support may be granted in 10+ marriages if it’s likely that the dependent spouse won’t be returning to work. However, this may end if the payor dies or the recipient remarries. Reimbursement spousal support it the only kind of spousal support that’s not completely based on financial need. It’s intended to compensate the spouse who gave up education or career advancement while the other spouse trained for a professional career. Reimbursement alimony is designed to compensate the spouse who sacrificed. The termination of reimbursement spousal support isn’t tied to remarrying; it ends as stated in the court order.
If you’re facing a divorce and have questions about alimony and spousal support, turn to JM Blattner, LLC for the answers.