Any divorce involves intense emotions and uncertainty. Add confusing legal matters, and the process becomes even more difficult.
When you’re attempting to work out alimony, you may have a hard time getting a fair amount and reaching an agreement with your former spouse. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through this process on your own, as an Athens alimony lawyer from Charlotte Christian Law can help you with your case.
What Are Alimony and Spousal Support?
Alimony, otherwise known as spousal support, is money that one spouse pays to the other after a divorce. Often, one partner will have a higher amount of income in a marriage. What’s more, one spouse may have been financially dependent on the other.
In some cases, a spouse might have taken a job with reduced hours or income to help the other spouse or to take care of their children. While they may find a job after a divorce, alimony can help cover a spouse’s financial needs while they work to gain financial independence. Other spouses will need alimony on a long-term basis.
For a free legal consultation with a alimony lawyer serving Athens, call (256) 445-9206
How an Alimony Lawyer on Our Athens Team Can Serve You
An alimony lawyer with our firm will work with you to help you and your former spouse reach an appropriate alimony amount. They will understand what laws apply to your circumstances. Together, we can work through all relevant factors.
We can help you:
- Communicate with your spouse through the alimony process
- Review the specifics of your situation and your need for alimony
- Review all factors that will influence the court’s decision about alimony
- Answer any questions you may have throughout the alimony settlement process
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What Are the Different Types of Alimony?
The goal for alimony is for you to maintain an economic situation similar to what you had before the divorce. Most of the time, the one making the alimony payments has to be able to afford it, and the one receiving them needs them.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to receive short-term or long-term alimony. There is also the option of a lump sum alimony. In Alabama, there is also a provision for one spouse to provide financial support during the divorce process.
With short-term alimony, or rehabilitative alimony, you or your ex-spouse pays the other for a specified length of time. The spouse gets the alimony until they’re self-sufficient.
For example, let’s say you and your spouse get a divorce. While you were married, you only worked on a part-time basis. Your spouse would pay the alimony amount while you try to find a full-time job or work through earning a degree.
Long-term alimony, or periodic alimony, is alimony that one spouse pays to the other on a long-term basis. It’s not as common but might be applicable in cases where one spouse cannot work. For example, if you are disabled, your spouse may make alimony payments long-term.
Lump-Sum Alimony and Support During the Divorce Process
You can get alimony in a lump-sum payment. This way can be simpler and allows you to get more money up front rather than smaller amounts over a longer timeframe.
Sometimes, a spouse will require support before the courts finalize the divorce. Under Alabama law, the courts can require one spouse to pay financial support while the divorce process is going through. These support allowances can help cover financial needs before the courts finalize your divorce.
An alimony lawyer with our firm serving Athens can help you determine what alimony you are eligible for and come to an agreement with your ex-spouse.
What Happens When Circumstances Change
As mentioned, the amount of time you can receive alimony will depend on your circumstances. When those circumstances change, your need and eligibility for alimony will also change.
Furthermore, AL Code § 30-2-55 also makes provisions for when a spouse’s relational situation changes. For example, let’s say you were receiving alimony payments from your ex-spouse, but you get remarried. In that case, your ex-spouse can then request to terminate the alimony payments.
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How Much Alimony You Can Receive in Alabama
The exact amount you can get in alimony will vary. It will depend on the specifics of your situation. According to AL Code § 30-2-57, courts can take into consideration several factors, including:
- Your standard of living when you were married
- If there was fault in the circumstances of the divorce
- Child custody
- How long you and your spouse were married
- The age and health of you and your ex-spouse
- You and your spouse’s prospects for future employment
We Have Helped Others With Their Cases, and We Can Help You Too
At Charlotte Christian Law, we pride ourselves on showing kindness, generosity, and helping our clients throughout the legal process. We understand that this is a confusing and challenging time, but we want to work with you to help you reach a favorable outcome. Here’s what a few of our clients have had to say:
“Charlotte Christian Law was a great help in my time of need. The office staff is very kind and diligent in the work at hand, fast, friendly and on track… Placing family needs first in a very warm professional manner.” – Jesse H.
“Holly Brasher was awesome and there for me during my case. She was always responsive and very helpful throughout my whole situation. I would definitely recommend her or anyone in this law firm to anyone who needs a lawyer.” – Vladimiro V.
Start Working With Charlotte Christian Law on Your Alimony Case Today
Anything connected with a divorce can be confusing and overwhelming. At Charlotte Christian Law, our attorneys work to come alongside our clients and help them through the process.
You don’t have to figure out alimony all on your own. We are here to help. Connect with us today for a no-obligation evaluation with one of our team members.