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How Alimony Works

May 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When a couple divorces, one of the issues is whether alimony will be paid. Alimony is more likely if one spouse was financially supporting the other or if one spouse made significantly more money than the other spouse. Your Long Beach divorce attorney can explain alimony to you in detail, but here is a quick primer.


What is alimony?

Alimony is a court-ordered payment from one divorcing spouse to another. It usually only is awarded when one spouse cannot meet his or her financial needs after the divorce without help. Another determination is the other spouse’s ability to pay. Those factors and others, such as whether there was a prenuptial agreement negotiated by a Long Beach family law attorney, are taken into consideration in the decision to award alimony and how much.

Is alimony permanent?

A judge can order alimony payments to continue for the life of one or the other spouse, but such arrangements often are only temporary. For example, a judge may order alimony to be paid until children are grown or until the spouse has time to get back on his or her feet and find a job. Alimony agreements also often end if the spouse receiving the payments remarries.

If you are going through a divorce, you should consult with your family law attorney Long Beach Ca to see if you might be eligible to receive alimony from your former spouse.
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