Some adults who are going through a divorce need to have a little financial boost because of the circumstances they are in at the end of the marriage. One way that you might be able to accomplish this is through alimony. These payments, which are also known as spousal support, are paid from one ex to the other. They are ordered by the court and come with specific conditions.
Alimony isn't something that most people going through a divorce will look forward to paying. Just knowing that you have to make monthly payments to the ex who you aren't involved with any longer is difficult. You might be able to avoid having to make those monthly payments if you are able to make a lump sum payment instead.
Getting the court to order your ex-spouse to pay support was only part of the battle -- now you have to actually collect on it.
Spousal support is probably one of the things that divorcing couples fight over the hardest. That makes it particularly important to understand a few things about spousal support, or alimony, before you divorce.
Alimony isn't a consideration in all divorces, but when there is a reason to think that it will be a point in a case, it is imperative that both sides learn what might come into the picture. We recently discussed how some women are all for alimony reform and discussed some of the points that are considered when alimony is a factor.
Most people think of women as the automatic winners when it comes to alimony -- but the days where women may have needed alimony in order to survive are long gone. The barriers that kept women from working outside of the home and earning a livable wage are no longer in place.
When you have counted on your spouse for the majority of the income in the house, there is a chance that you are worried that you will be left high and dry during the divorce. Alimony orders are one way that people who have relied on a spouse for money might be able to keep up with the costs of living.
Alimony reform advocates and The Florida Bar have joined forces and reached accord regarding overhauling the state's alimony system. However, no proposals will make it onto 2017's legislative session.
If you are getting divorced, one of the last things you probably want to do is hand over any more money to your ex than you absolutely have to. This is why it can be so upsetting to have to pay spousal support, or alimony.
Florida celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that reality star Tiny filed for divorce from her rapper husband T.I. She allegedly filed for divorce in December 2016 after claiming that the family was "irretrievably broken".