Alimony, or spousal support, is when one spouse continues to pay a specified amount of money to the other spouse after a divorce.
There are many different types of alimony that may be awarded during a divorce case, and the ultimate decision maker as to the amount will be the judge.
Each state has different rules and regulations that govern family law.
The basic determining factor for receiving alimony is whether or not the spouse worked or received a low wage throughout the marriage. The main purpose of alimony is to help the spouse who was the lower wage earner get back on their feet and become financially established after the divorce.
There are a number of different elements that the judge will look at when determining whether or not to award alimony.
The amount of time than the couple has been married will be taken into consideration. The judge will also determine the future earning potential of the spouse.
There are some cases where alimony may be granted for as little as six months or a year. In other cases, alimony may be awarded on a permanent basis.
If you are considering a divorce, it is important to retain the services of a family law attorney.