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Understanding Alimony before Your Divorce

In the event that you and your spouse are considering a divorce, there is a very real possibility that you may be required to pay alimony to your spouse for a set amount of time. Alimony, in essence, means that a spouse has the legal obligation to pay fees to the spouse they divorced in order to help them maintain their standard of living. Each alimony contract is determined by the court depending on various factors, and they alone have the ability to determine when the payments cease.

If a spouse is order to give their ex alimony, they will be required to do so every month until the date set by the judge is met, if the other spouse remarries, when the children no longer need the parent to be home full time, one spouse dies, etc. Just as every marriage and divorce is unique, so is the alimony agreement. However, due to the complicating process of divorce and alimony payments, contact a Long Island divorce lawyer at the Meyers Law Group to help you every step of the way.

Spousal support or maintained is something that is determined by the court, and it is important to remember that this doesn't mean you were a bad spouse or bad parent. Having the court decide that you need to make these payments just means that you likely earned a higher income and the other spouse has a need of income supplement for at least a time after the divorce, especially if there are kids still in the picture. Perhaps you are a husband who worked full time, and for the past decade your wife stayed at home raising your four kids. While that was definitely a full time job in of itself, her earning capacity after the divorce is much less than yours will be; hence the alimony.

If you are on the other side of the spectrum, and plan to receive alimony, you will want to talk with your attorney in order to determine if you qualify for receiving these payments from your ex. As stated above, alimony is determined by many different factors, particularly your ability to provide a standard of living. Perhaps you realize that you will need your ex to pay alimony, and they refuse to give you the money you are due; the authorities may be involved. If your ex has been ordered by the court to make these payments, when they refuse it means they are in "contempt" and may be held accountable for their lack of action.

Contact the Meyers Law Group today to learn more about divorce and alimony payments. Together we can determine the best course of action for you in the event of a divorce, call us for more information!