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Alimony is a payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse or a former spouse.Alimony can be made in either a lump sum payment or in multiple payments over time. Alimony can last for a specific period of time or may continue for an indefinite term. In some cases, but not frequently, alimony can be permanent.

Types of alimony

Post-separation support, alimony, temporary alimony, and permanent alimony are the terms commonly used to describe the money that a supporting spouse pays a dependent spouse. Many people are often confused by these terms and often use these terms interchangeably.

Post-separation support is a temporary type of alimony and is not intended to be a permanent support. Post-separation support is described as the money that a supporting spouse pays to the other spouse in response to an agreement between the separated parties, or in response to the order of a judge for support until a final decision on calculating alimony is determined.

Requirements for alimony

To be entitled to receive alimony, the dependent spouse must be able to show that he or she does not have adequate resources to support his or her needs, and that the other spouse is financially capable of paying the alimony. However, if the supporting spouse, who has not committed marital misconduct, is able to prove that the dependent spouse is involved in uncondoned illicit sexual behavior, then alimony becomes inapplicable.

Before you decide to handle your divorce case on your own, first ask yourself if you’re sure you’re not waiving any rights to alimony by consenting to a divorce or separation agreement. We are ready to help you make sure you’re not giving up the benefits you’re entitled to receive. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can help you navigate the details of spousal support.

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