Cutting ties with an ex after divorce can be much more complicated than you may realize. This can be especially true when it comes to money.
After your divorce, you can still have several financial ties linking you to your ex, particularly when there are significant assets to consider. In some cases, you are linked by property you are trying to sell; in other cases, you are linked by monthly child support payments. While these may seem reasonable or simply inevitable, there are other links that can be much more difficult to accept. Spousal support is one such link.
Spousal support is often a contentious issue. People ordered to pay it often feel it’s unnecessary or unfair; recipients can feel like it’s not enough. These two wildly different perspectives can make the fighting between spouses even worse than it already may be.
However, you should understand that orders for alimony are not arbitrary, even though it may seem like it. In fact, the courts will only order alimony payments if they can determine there is an actual need for the support and that the person ordered to pay actually has the ability to do so.
After considering several factors, the courts will then assess the type of alimony that may be ordered. In some cases, alimony is only ordered for a brief period of time; in other cases, an order will be in place until a specific event — including death — occurs. In other words, the payments may be temporary or permanent.
There are three things we hope readers take away from this post:
- Spousal support is not ordered in every case.
- If ordered, alimony amounts should be reasonable and reflective of the individual circumstances.
- The type and duration of alimony that is ordered varies and depends on the nature of support needed.
With all this in mind, you should have a basic understanding of what you might be able to expect in terms of spousal support in your own divorce. However, for more details and an examination of your specific situation, it can be best to discuss alimony with your attorney.