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Divorce and Alimony (Spousal Support)

If you are getting a divorce, it is very important to know your rights especially if alimony is a factor. Spousal support or alimony is still often given in American divorce proceedings, and the monthly payment amount varies greatly.

How Is Alimony Calculated?

Alimony is monthly support payment that the wealthier spouse is to pay the other spouse. Alimony payments last depending on the length of the marriage, and the amount is determined by the wealth of the spouse.

Alimony payments are not awarded where the two spouses have similar incomes.

However, they are given where there is a great income discrepancy between the two spouses and whether the spouse has to take care of their child.

What to Expect If You Are to Receive Alimony

The amount of alimony payment is dependent on your standard of living during the marriage, and your capability to earn. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that you are able to survive without being married to your spouse.

What to Expect If You Are to Pay Alimony

If you believe you are expected to pay alimony, you need to carefully establish your former spouse’s capability to earn. Further, you need to determine you exact income. If your former spouse overestimates your income, then you may have to pay them much more in alimony.

What If My Spouse Refuses to Pay Alimony?

If your spouse refuses to pay, you can get a court order to enforce payment. In some states, if your former spouse does not pay, then his licenses maybe revoked and he may be jailed. Further, wages may be garnished.

Consulting an Family Law Attorney

If you are facing a divorce, it is best to consult a family law lawyer. The lawyer can help you save a lot of money and headache in the long run.

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Last Modified: 05-24-2017 03:38 PM PDT

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