Alimony

Alimony

Alimony is different than asset distribution. There are rules about whether or not alimony is applicable to your case. The amount can be in the form of lump sum using marital assets but it also may be periodic payments separate from asset distribution. Alimony or spousal support only applies to divorce cases and only in the original action, not subsequent actions. There is no magic formula to whether or not one spouse has to pay alimony to the other but instead the court will look at a number of factors including the length of marriage, disparity in income between the spouses, standard of living of the spouses prior to separation, assets of the marriage and to some extent the actions of each spouse. Often times we hear a spouse saying “my wife/husband left me and I can’t afford to live on my own – what can I do?” Alimony or temporary spousal support may be appropriate in your case. Contact me at the Law Office of William S. Orth, P.A. we can help you to determine if you have a right to alimony or if you should be paying alimony

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