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Spousal support (alimony) refers to the financial support of a former spouse once the divorce is final. Under Alabama law, spouses have the legal obligation to financially support each other during their marriages, and those legal obligations may continue once the marriages ends. At Christian & Shaw , our compassion and tenacity mean that we are involved and organized in representing you whether you are seeking spousal support or have been told you must pay it.
Unlike child support, spousal support (alimony) is discretionary, and the court determines the amount. No standard calculation is used, meaning that a CCL attorney is necessary in addressing alimony matters and amounts awarded which vary by county and by judge.
Types of Spousal Support (Alimony)
Three different types of alimony may possibly be awarded in Alabama cases:
- Periodic Alimony. Periodic alimony is spousal support paid periodically. These payments are considered income to the receiving spouse and may be deducted by the paying spouse. Periodic alimony is often awarded in a long-term marriage situation where one spouse has given up the opportunity to pursue a career to care for the family and home.
- Alimony in Gross. In cases where a division of assets is impractical, the court may compensate a spouse with alimony in gross. Alimony in gross is considered compensation for the recipient’s marital rights. This type of alimony is not considered income by the receiving spouse; it is not considered a deduction for the paying spouse, nor is it modifiable by the court at a future time.
- Rehabilitative Alimony. At times, the court awards alimony for a specified duration to help one spouse obtain secure footing as an individual. This allocation, for example, might be the case in a long-term marriage where one spouse has maintained the home and has, therefore, been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to help this spouse get back into the workforce. In such cases, the award period does have a definite end date.
Why do you need a lawyer? The amount of alimony provided is at the discretion of the judge. Consequently, you need a persuasive lawyer to argue your case and only accept what is right and fair for you.
At CCL, we understand that divorce is a confusing, difficult experience for people all over the state, whether in Huntsville or anywhere in North Alabama, we know that you do not want (and maybe do not know how) to manage the difficulties of obtaining spousal support. We are ready to help you.
Compassionate Counsel for Spousal Support (Alimony)
At Christian & Shaw we support you in finding creative solutions to the challenging problems presented in alimony issues. Call us at 256-859-7277 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation concerning spousal support.