Alimony is a periodic payment by one spouse for the support of the other because of differences in their incomes and ability to be self-supporting.
Alimony is one of the more complex issues in divorce because:
- There are two types of alimony – rehabilitative and indefinite
- Alimony awarded by a court is modifiable, so can be changed or extended when material changes in circumstance arise
- There is not a mandatory formula for determining whether alimony should be awarded or the amount, rather, alimony depends upon a number of factors
- Judges vary widely about whether to award alimony, the amount, and duration, making it difficult to predict what a court would do
- Alimony awarded by a court is modifiable, which means it can be changed, both in amount and duration, when a material change occurs
- By agreement, alimony can be non-modifiable and alimony terms can be customized in ways not allowed by a court
Together, my client and I work as a team to:
- Assess the client’s alimony claim and/or risk
- Pursue or defend alimony claims in court
- Personalize alimony settlement and agreement drafting to the client’s unique circumstances
- Modify alimony
- Terminate court-awarded alimony and earnings withholding orders
- Collect and enforce alimony awards
Since 2002, I have helped clients navigate the complications of alimony and the security of their financial futures.