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During marriage, spouses often share a joint bank account from which household bills are paid. One spouse may be the sole or primary breadwinner, but finances are shared. When a couple separates or divorces, their finances typically become separate, too. One spouse may not be able to survive financially without some financial support from the other, at least for a period of time.
Alimony is the obligation of one spouse or ex-spouse to provide financial support for the other. Some states refer to alimony as “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance.” Whether you think you will need to receive alimony, or are worried about having to pay it, alimony can be a difficult issue to resolve in your divorce.
At Welty Law Office, we understand the financial pressures of divorce, including concerns about alimony. We advocate for an outcome that gives you the resources you need to build the future you want.
Unlike child support, which uses a guideline formula to determine the amount of support, alimony determinations in Tennessee are much more subjective. In general, Tennessee courts will award alimony if one spouse has a financial need and the other spouse has the ability to pay.
You and your spouse are free to agree on an amount for alimony payments and a duration for payments. However, if you cannot reach an agreement, a court will need to decide whether one of you will pay alimony to the other, how much, and for how long.
There are various different types of alimony awarded in a Tennessee divorce. They are:
There are many factors that Tennessee courts consider when awarding alimony. These include the relative need of the spouse, the ability of the potential payor to pay alimony, the length of the marriage, the age and health of the parties, each party’s assets, the standard of living established during the marriage, the relative fault of each party in the breakdown of the marriage, and more.
If you expect alimony to be an issue in your divorce, it is important to work with an attorney who understands Tennessee alimony law and how to advocate for your needs. At Welty Law Office, we are effective negotiators who have helped many clients reach divorce agreements regarding alimony in their divorce. However, we are also skilled litigators with experience advocating a client’s position at trial if an agreement cannot be reached.
Alimony determinations are highly fact-dependent, and our attorneys understand what evidence to put before the court to support our clients’ positions and achieve a favorable outcome. We are also experienced representing clients in court regarding modification or termination of Tennessee alimony. We invite you to contact Welty Law Office to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.