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What are your alimony options? 

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2023 | Family Law

Alimony is a form of spousal support that’s given from one spouse to the other after a divorce. The purpose of alimony is so that a spouse can continue living a lifestyle they’re accustomed to living until they can become self-supporting. Typically, alimony is given to a spouse who makes a lower income or no income at all. 

How alimony is granted often depends on the length of a marriage, reasonable needs and each spouse’s income. Many people who have been in marriages for ten or more years are awarded alimony. Alimony can last until death, remarriage or a court-ordered date. 

There are many different kinds of alimony and recent laws may change how alimony works in the future. Here’s what you should know:

Bridge-the-gap alimony

There are a lot of financial decisions during and after a divorce. An ex-spouse may receive financial support to help them temporarily. Bridge-the-gap alimony payments may last for a maximum of two years and not exceed the awarded amount. During these two years, ex-spouses can use their alimony to finish financial matters, such as selling a house. 

Rehabilitative alimony 

Many people are stay-at-home spouses and parents. Spouses in these roles may struggle to find employment after a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony can help an ex-spouse acquire employment education and training. This way the ex-spouse can adjust to an independent lifestyle and seek their own means of financial stability.  

Durational alimony

A spouse can seek durational alimony that lasts for a specified amount of time for short or moderate marriages. Or, marriages that have lasted a long time, but the spouse does not need permanent spousal support can seek alimony.

Permanent alimony

Alimony can be granted for life if a marriage lasted for a long time. Permanent alimony could also be granted in short or moderate marriages in unique cases. A recent bill was passed that was set to eliminate permanent alimony, however, and this continues to be a hard-fought issue.

Alimony laws can be difficult to understand and new laws may only further confuse people who wish to seek alimony. People creating prenups or postnups or going through a divorce may need to reach out for legal help.