Spousal Support/Alimony Lawyers in Montgomery, AL
Serving Individuals Throughout Montgomery County and the Counties of Autauga, Chilton & Lee
Divorce is commonly known for its emotional as well as financial stress. One of issues that contributes to the financial anxiety is the issue of spousal support or alimony. One party may believe it is vitally needed and owed while the other party may forcefully disagree. This leads to conflict and the need to have the matter resolved, whether through court hearings or through mediation.
At Delk & Tomlinson Law, we can represent you whether you are seeking alimony or contesting it. Our attorneys have represented individuals from all walks of life on this issue. We are extremely familiar with Alabama law and the factors that courts review in making a determination of whether it should be paid and, if so, how much and for how long. Our Montgomery alimony attorneys have long experience in providing skilled assistance for this and all other divorce issues.
Ensure you are skillfully represented in your alimony case. Schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys at Delk & Tomlinson Law using our request form or calling (334) 373-2981.
Spousal support is designed to ensure that a spouse has the ability to pay his or her living costs during and/or after a divorce. This financial support is not a given in any divorce. The spouse who is in need of alimony must petition the court for it; the court will make its ruling on the matter after reviewing many factors relevant to the case. If awarded, alimony may be paid on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis or it may be paid in a lump sum.
The state of Alabama provides various types of alimony in divorce cases.
- Temporary alimony. This is interim support that assists a spouse while the divorce is ongoing. To qualify for it, you must prove to the court that financial need and that your spouse has the ability to pay for it.
- Alimony for a specific time period. This provides the recipient with financial support in a set payment after the divorce for a set timeframe. An example of this is what is referred to as “rehabilitative” alimony. It is designed to give the less financially-advantaged spouse the funds needed for education or job training that will lead to financial independence. It is commonly awarded in cases where a spouse stayed home to raise the family. It is generally only allowed for a maximum of five years.
- Permanent alimony. This type of alimony is rare. It is generally only designated where the couple was married for more than 20 years and the spouse needing it cannot become self-supporting due to age or disability.
Spousal support can be modified or terminated later through the courts if a substantial change in circumstances occurs to either party. The court will once again consider various factors in its determination. Modifications are commonly based on changes in financial status. Termination of alimony generally is granted when the recipient remarries or cohabits in an intimate relationship or when either party passes away.
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