Sometimes in a marriage, one spouse is more dependent on another financially. They might have sacrificed years of income and a good career so that they could stay at home and take care of the children. When the marriage ends, they’re left without a “nest egg” to help them financially. The answer? Sometimes it’s alimony. A Tampa alimony attorney can help you decipher complex alimony laws and determine if you’re entitled to some form of alimony after your divorce is finalized. And remember, sometimes alimony can be awarded even during the legal separation. If you’re a dependent spouse who is considering asking for alimony, always remember: Your attorney knows best!
Alimony, also called spousal support, is sometimes necessary for one spouse to safely live after a divorce. Some spouses won’t even be able to afford to find a place to live after a marriage ends and this is an unsafe situation. To compensate for that, courts have set up spousal support in some instances. Permanent alimony is a long-term arrangement while durational alimony is usually awarded on a short-term basis for a set period of time rather than a long period of time.
Durational alimony is more common in shorter marriages while permanent alimony will most likely be awarded to those who have been married a long period of time (7 years or more). The longer the marriage, the more likely it is that you might qualify for alimony payments from your former spouse. To calculate whether you qualify for alimony, your attorney will look for a few key things:
– How long were you married?
– Your employment status
– Your earnings
– Your time employed
– Educational background
And the list goes on and on. Obviously, the less money you make, or if you’re unemployed, the greater your chances of qualifying for some type of alimony. And your spouse’s situation will also be taken into account because they, too, have to survive after the marriage ends. One of the key things they look at is whether or not you put your education or career aside for the benefit of your marriage. If you did that, there’s a greater likelihood you’ll qualify for some type of spousal support.
Only a good lawyer can tell you whether or not you have a good chance of getting alimony. In any divorce matter, your lawyer is your best friend.