After your big day down the aisle, one of the furthest things from your mind is divorce. Unfortunately, divorce isn’t something you think about before you get married, but problems can occur, things can go sour and relationships can fail.
If you and your spouse have been discussing divorce, whether it is a mutual decision or not, there are many important aspects about this decision that you must understand.
What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as ‘spousal support,’ is when a spouse pays the other a set amount of money. The amount of money is dependent on several factors regarding the relationship of the two individuals.
There are two common types of alimony available: permanent and temporary. Though many parties do not seek permanent alimony, it can be an option based on the duration of your marriage. Temporary alimony allows an individual to get back on his or her feet to support him or herself. Some of the factors that can help determine how much alimony is received include:
- Duration of marriage
- Age and health of each individual
- Partners’ lifestyles
Another method of alimony is a one-time payment. A one-time payment can make the process move quickly. This amount would have to be equivalent to the total alimony agreement, but it can be paid in full at one time.
Who Receives Alimony?
Though women commonly receive alimony, today men can also receive alimony. When it comes to a divorce, gender isn’t relevant when it comes to determining who receives alimony. For example, if the husband is a stay-at-home-dad, he will likely receive alimony.
Read this article for an explanation on how a judge bases a decision on alimony.
Agreeing on an amount of alimony can be easy when both parties are willing to compromise. A lawyer can help create the legal documents necessary for an alimony agreement along with drafting child support and custody agreements.
Partners are welcome to draft their own outside of the courts. However, it is important to understand that it can be extremely difficult to change the alimony terms; therefore, be sure to read and review your alimony agreement thoroughly. Some types of alimony are non-modifiable, meaning they cannot be changed.
Contact Miami Alimony Attorney
Going through a divorce can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you work with a qualified Miami alimony attorney at the Law Offices of Aliette H. Carolan, we will ensure you understand everything necessary about alimony or help you find what you need to make changes in your current alimony agreement. Call us at (305) 358-2330 to get more information or have your questions about divorce and alimony answered today.