How Long Do I Have to Pay Alimony?
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Alimony payments are designed to provide financial support to the spouse
who has less income. There are 2 types of alimony: temporary and permanent.
Temporary alimony is granted to help the spouse with less income handle
financial expenses during the divorce process, while permanent alimony
(also called long-term support) provides regular funds to a spouse after
the divorce judgment has been finalized. However, it is typically not
lifetime support, and can be modified later on if there is a change in
circumstances. Temporary alimony lasts only until the divorce proceeding
has been completed and a permanent alimony order has been enacted.
For permanent alimony, how long you will have to make payments depends
on several factors, including the length of the marriage. If you were
married for less than 10 years, you generally will only have to pay for
half of the time you were married. For example, if you were married for
8 years, you may only have to pay alimony for 4 years. For marriages that
last longer than 10 years, the court will consider several factors to
determine a reasonable alimony settlement. These include the post-divorce
income of both spouses, the marital standard of living, and the age and
health of both parties.
Alimony payments will end when the receiving spouse remarries or either
spouse passes away. Alimony may also be reduced, halted, or otherwise
modified by a further court order if a material change in circumstances
can be proven. This may involve the loss of a job, relocation, or other
change in circumstances.
At The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague, we have guided numerous clients
to successful legal solutions. If you are divorcing and have concerns
about alimony, child support, or other issues, our firm can help. We will
uphold your rights and help you make informed decisions every step of the way.
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