If you have questions about spousal support, whether you are the one who wants alimony or the one who must provide it, contact The Law Office of Romeo R. Perez at 702-214-7244 to schedule a Consultation. Our team will provide honest answers and advocate for your rights.

What is Alimony?

A court-ordered payment made by one spouse to the other, for a specific duration, to provide financial support after separation or divorce.

Types of Alimony:

  • Temporary Alimony: Provides short-term financial support while the divorce is finalized.
  • Permanent Alimony: Long-term financial support awarded in marriages of significant length or when one spouse cannot become self-supporting due to factors like disability or lack of job skills.
  • Lump-Sum Alimony: A one-time payment instead of ongoing monthly payments.
  • Property Transfer: Transferring ownership of assets like a house or car can be used to fulfill alimony obligations.

Factors Determining Alimony Awards:

Courts consider various factors to determine if alimony is awarded and, if so, the amount and duration. These include:

  • Length of Marriage: Typically, longer marriages may result in longer alimony periods.
  • Age and Health: The age and health of each spouse may impact their earning capacity.
  • Income Disparity: A significant difference in earning potential between spouses can influence alimony.
  • Standard of Living During Marriage: The lifestyle accustomed to during the marriage can be considered.
  • Self-Sufficiency: The ability of the financially dependent spouse to become self-supporting is a key factor.
  • Child Support: If child support is also awarded, it may be factored into alimony calculations.

Reaching an Agreement:

Spouses can reach an agreement on alimony terms outside of court as long as it's fair. This can be more cost-effective than litigation.

Termination of Alimony:

Alimony may end when:

  • The supported spouse remarries or cohabits with a partner.
  • Either spouse dies.
  • A significant change in circumstances occurs (considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • A pre-determined end date is reached, as agreed upon by the spouses or set by the court.

Defenses Against Alimony:

In some cases, alimony may be challenged based on reasons like:

  • Marital misconduct: Adultery, cruelty, or abandonment by the supported spouse.

Enforcement of Alimony Orders:

Once a court order is issued, alimony payments are legally enforceable. Failure to pay can result in contempt of court charges and penalties.

Contact Us Today

If you are seeking a divorce, you should always get the advice and guidance of a divorce lawyer. At The Law Office of Romeo R. Perez, our team will provide the support and representation you need, including your efforts to obtain, argue against, or modify alimony. Contact us online or directly at 702-214-7244 to schedule a Consultation.