When a married couple decides to divorce, this will bring a variety of questions and challenges to the forefront. As you know, all of these must be dealt with before you can put your divorce in the past.
Alimony is one detail that always garners attention, as both individuals want to know if they are in position to receive spousal support (or if they will have to pay).
In the past, it was most common for the man to pay the woman alimony. However, as the working culture has changed, it is now just as likely that the woman will pay the man alimony as the result of a divorce.
The purpose of spousal support is simple: to eliminate any unfair economic circumstances that will result from the divorce.
The court takes many details into consideration when deciding to award alimony, including but not always limited to:
-- The health, age, and financial condition of both individuals
-- The length of time the person receiving alimony will need to receive an education or training to support him or herself
-- The length of the marriage
-- The ability of the person paying alimony to also take care of him or herself
-- The standard of living during the marriage
Once the court makes a final determination, there is something else to consider: whether or not the paying spouse will actually follow through with the support. Unlike child support, enforcement methods are limited to a certain degree.
What should you do?
If you are going through a divorce and believe that you should receive alimony in the future, it's best to start working on this as soon as possible. You don't want to wait for your case to get in too deep before you begin to fight for spousal support.
With the help of a qualified attorney, you can better understand your legal rights and the steps you need to take early on to put yourself in position to receive alimony. There is no guarantee that the court will agree, but it's good to have a strategy in place that will put you in the best possible position to receive the payments you deserve in the future.