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What Is Spousal Support or Alimony?

Spousal support (also know as alimony) represents regular payments made from one spouse to the other during a separation or after a divorce. The purpose  is to recognize the recipient spouse's contribution to the marriage and to assist that spouse to achieve financial independence where possible.

What Are the Requirements for Alimony or Support?

Alimony is only granted to individuals who were actually and legally married. The rules regarding  vary from state to state, and are often classified based on the length of marriage.

Short marriages

Long marriages (generally over 5 years)
For long marriages, extended or even lifetime support may be ordered. The court takes into consideration a variety of factors such as:

What Are the Different Types of Alimony or Spousal Support?

There are several arrangements of support. Each arrangement is based on the varying circumstances and needs of the individual.

Can Support be Modified or Terminated?

Yes. There are different ways in which alimony can be modified or terminated (more information in the article Terminating Alimony).

Events that end payment obligations are:

Events that may end or modify  payment obligations are:

Record Keeping

Always keep accurate and detailed records if you receive or make any payments and make sure you keep these records for at least 3 years. Doing so will allow you to protect your interests should there ever be a dispute.

Calculating Child Support

In many states there are defined guidelines or equations that determine the amount of child support that should be paid based on the incomes of the parents or custodial adults and the number of children supported - each of these factors is used to determine the amount of child support payments that should be paid. The guidelines differ from state to state, but the determination methodology is generally the same is cover in this article Child Support Amount Calculations. LegalMatch also has many state-specific articles, including:

Do I Need an Attorney?

Whenever support arrangements are at issue, you should consult a family law attorney. The proper attorney will not only inform you of your rights, but also preserve any possible legal remedies that you may have.

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Last Modified: 05-18-2017 12:41 AM PDT

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