Trustworthy Fayetteville Attorneys Pursue Fair Alimony Awards
Aggressive Northwest Arkansas firm takes on disputes over spousal support
Spouses rely on each other for much more than romantic companionship. When a marriage ends, a wife or husband who has not worked outside the home could face severe hardship meeting their financial needs on their own. Located in Fayetteville, Gramling Estes Law Firm represents Arkansans in divorce actions and offers them sound guidance on questions concerning alimony. Also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony can be negotiated by the couple or awarded by the court. Our accomplished attorneys conduct a thorough review of the relevant factors and safeguard our clients’ interests in these matters whether they are requesting spousal support or are being asked to provide it.
Knowledgeable legal counselors advise on the various types of alimony
Our accomplished divorce lawyers offer honest counsel about how the law governing alimony in Arkansas might be applied in your case. We start by outlining the following three basic types of spousal support:
- Temporary — Once a party files for divorce, temporary alimony can be ordered so that a wife or husband can cover their expenses while the legal proceedings are pending. This obligation ends when the marriage is dissolved. At that time, post-divorce payments might be required.
- Rehabilitative — When spousal support is ordered, it usually is done so on a rehabilitative basis, meaning that it is calculated to give a wife or husband the funds they need while they gain the education or job training required to become financially independent. We examine the skills and work history of people seeking alimony in order to identify a suitable timeframe and amount.
- Permanent — Occasionally, circumstances will exist that prevent a spouse from supporting themselves financially following a divorce. For example, someone might have a physical disability or child care responsibility that makes going to work impossible or extremely burdensome. In other instances, an older person who was married for a long period of time might not be capable of obtaining the necessary education or job skills. Courts in cases such as these might grant a permanent alimony award, which would only end if one party dies or the recipient remarries or cohabits with a new partner.
For those spouses who are involved in a divorce where one spouse has significant needs to maintain their lifestyle they had established over the time of the marriage and the other spouse has the ability to pay, “alimony and support” will be an issue. Do not assume that high income earners are the only ones who have alimony and support at issue. A disparity in income and needs and ability will always be at issue, and the attorneys at Gramling Estes Law Firm have the experience to assist you in being certain you receive what you are entitled to.
Disagreements over alimony terms can be hotly contested and sometimes strong courtroom advocacy is necessary to secure an appropriate result. We are experienced litigators who are not afraid to fight so that our clients can move forward on solid financial footing.
Experienced attorneys outline factors used by courts in spousal support cases
In situations where spouses cannot come to agreement on alimony terms, the judge can review any relevant factor to arrive at a final order. Typically, key considerations include the duration of the marriage, the earning ability of each spouse and the couple’s standard of living. Some investigation might be required to determine if one spouse squandered marital funds through misconduct or if a party should be reimbursed for sacrifices they made to support their partner’s career. When necessary, our firm aggressively gathers the pertinent information in order to maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome for our clients.
Contact a skillful Arkansas family lawyer for a free consultation about an alimony issue
Gramling Estes Law Firm in Fayetteville advocates on behalf of Arkansas spouses in discussions and court proceedings related to alimony awards. Please call 479-480-4250 or contact us online to make an appointment for a free initial consultation