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Understanding the Basics of Alimony

Last updated 6 years ago

The decision to leave your spouse is just one step in the journey toward obtaining a divorce. The division of shared assets, determining child custody, and ensuring that the proper legal measures are taken can make divorce a complicated process. In order to secure the fairest divorce conditions, it is important to work with experienced alimony and spousal support lawyers. To learn how alimony can assist you during and following a divorce, continue reading:

  • Alimony Defined: Alimony refers to a sum of money that helps one spouse support him or herself following a divorce. Depending on the unique circumstances of the divorce, a court may order one spouse to financially assist the other until he or she can gain sound financial footing.
  • Types of Alimony: The court will determine which type of alimony payment will best serve justice between the spouses. You may receive alimony funds in the form of a permanent periodic payment or one lump sum. When a permanent alimony payment is deemed unnecessary, the court may order a rehabilitative alimony until you establish the means for self-support.
  • How Alimony Works: Alimony is intended to balance conditions between spouses following the divorce. In the event that you are concerned about financial struggles brought on by the divorce, you may want to request alimony. The court will make the final decision to grant alimony depending on your financial resources and ability to make a living on your own. Other factors such as your physical condition and the standard of living that you experienced during your marriage will be considered.
  • When Alimony Is Terminated: In the event that the recipient of alimony engages in a supportive relationship, remarries, or enters into a comfortable paying job, payments may be terminated or modified. A significant change in lifestyle or financial obligation may also result in a modification of alimony payments.

The divorce process can be complicated without the help of an experienced lawyer. At the Moreno Law Firm in San Jose, we are committed to helping our clients receive the best possible results following a divorce. Contact our alimony and spousal support lawyers at (888) 755-7690 today.


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