Spousal support may be required in some divorce or legal separation lawsuits. However, spousal support (alimony) is generally restricted to a person’s “reasonable needs.” Therefore, it is usually only to be used for expenses calculated for basic needs. Luxury or unnecessary items generally are not included in the calculations.
Also, spousal support may sometimes be restricted only for marriages that were of “long duration”. Most states define this as at least 5 years.
Definitely. Spousal support often ends on a date determined by the court before payments even begin. Spousal support may be terminated or ended for a number of reasons, such as:
Spousal support can also be changed or modified for reasons similar to those given above. Recalculation of spousal support may be needed for special circumstances or “significant life changes” that might affect the payments.
Violations of spousal support terms and conditions can lead to legal consequences, including:
Missed spousal support payments are generally tracked by the court. Over time, these can add up and may lead to consequences such as a lien being placed on the person’s property.
Spousal support can often be a complex subject and may require professional assistance. You may wish to hire a divorce lawyer in your area if you need help filing for spousal support or getting an existing order modified. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice to help you resolve your support needs as necessary.
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