In some divorce cases, one party will be ordered to make alimony payments to the other, usually for a designated period of time. Alimony, sometimes called spousal support, is usually only awarded if each party’s living conditions are considerably different from each other or if one party does not have sufficient means of financial support after the divorce.
It is very rare for permanent alimony to be awarded. Generally, the receiving party is expected to pursue education or specialized training to be able to support him- or herself. A divorce decree may require a party to pay alimony for five years, for example, under the assumption that their ex-spouse will be seeking an education during that time. Remarrying usually ends alimony payments as well.
Unlike other aspects of a divorce, you must file a claim for alimony. Claims have a time limit, so it is important to consult with a lawyer about alimony as part of your divorce process. You must file before the marriage has legally ended, so ask your attorney early in the process about your situation and how to effectively pursue alimony.
Everyone’s circumstances are different. The team at Haskell & Zimmerman has worked on a variety of divorce cases and has experience analyzing these cases and helping clients seek alimony. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure deadlines are met and all your questions are answered.