Alimony payments are a main point of contention with divorces. Also known as “spousal support”, it is normally rewarded to the spouse who makes less money. However, if the marriage is short or the two spouses earn similar amounts of money, it is generally not awarded.
If the alimony is ordered, it usually works as a monthly payment to the other spouse. There are also conditions placed on the alimony such as how long one party has to pay the other, what happens if the paid spouse gets remarried, and if a retirement occurs.
The amount and length of these payments are decided by the two parties involved or decided by the court. If it has to be decided by the court, they will consider all relevant factors including, but not limited to:
-Standard of living established during marriage
-Duration of the marriage
-Age, physical, and emotional condition of each party
-Financial resources of each party, including the non-marital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each
-The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
Having an experienced family law attorney on your side will ensure that you are treated fairly and respectfully throughout this process. If you are asking for alimony or if you object to paying alimony upon divorce, contact the Law Office of John R. Vitola today.