Fayetteville Alimony Lawyer
If your marriage is ending, it is natural to think about your financial future. The cost of two people living independently is always greater than a couple who joins financial forces. Depending on the circumstances in your divorce, alimony (also called spousal support or spousal maintenance) may come into play. Understanding the factors in an alimony award, as well as the different types of alimony, is an important first step to protecting your legal rights.
Will I Have To Pay Alimony? Am I Entitled To Receive Spousal Support?
The basis for determining alimony starts with the financial needs of one party and the ability of the other party to pay. However, each judge may interpret this in a different way, so it is important to work with an attorney who understands how to present your circumstances in a favorable light. Additional factors may include the length of the marriage, the education level of the nonwage-earning/lesser-wage-earning spouse, and if one spouse was a stay-at-home parent.
Examples of types of alimony include:
- Temporary spousal support: This is financial support paid by the higher-wage-earning spouse to the lower-wage-earning spouse while the divorce is in process. This award follows an administrative rule and provides a specific percentage of the payer’s income to the payee. This is not the final award.
- Rehabilitative alimony: This type of spousal support is awarded with the final divorce order and is intended to help the lesser-wage-earning spouse make him or herself more employable. This money may be used for training courses or a university education. This type of award is often short term.
- Permanent alimony: Unlike the name states, permanent alimony is usually not permanent. It is awarded with the final divorce order and addresses the need for long-term support, but not lifetime support.
How Can I Protect My Financial Rights?
At Gramling Estes Law Firm, we understand how important your financial future is. Our lawyers have been protecting the alimony rights of individuals for many years. We have helped clients obtain rightful alimony and have helped other clients protect their finances when their spouses were making unreasonable alimony requests.
Regardless of the position you are in, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free consultation. After an initial assessment of your position, our Fayetteville alimony attorneys can advise on options for achieving your goals.