Spousal support isn’t automatic in divorce
Trying to determine whether alimony payments are appropriate for a divorce can be complicated. Support payment aren’t guaranteed when a marriage ends. Instead, it is considered on a case-by-case basis. This can be determined in one of two ways. Either the parties come to an agreement, or the court will make a decision.
There are a many factors that come into the picture when trying to make a decision about alimony. One of these is the length of the marriage. Typically, short marriages won’t have alimony if they end. Longer marriages are more likely to have spousal support payments.
Another factor is each spouse’s duty during the marriage. For example, a person who stopped working to stay home and raise children is more likely to need alimony while they prepare to re-enter the workforce.
The standard of living that was established when the couple was married is also considered along with each spouse’s anticipated standand of living after the divorce. There has to be some balance between keeping that standard for both spouses. This can be challenging as it is certainly more expensive to maintain two homes, it isn’t impossible.
While some people think that all alimony payments are permanent, this isn’t how things work now. Many alimony orders have an end date. There are also terms that would eliminate the alimony payments, such as the recipient getting remarried or cohabitating with a significant other.
Understanding what is included in the spousal support order for your case can help you ensure that it is followed. It also enables you to plan for your future as a single person. If you aren’t going to get alimony, knowing this fact early in the process can help you to plan.