What is Alimony? Things to know before a divorce

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Alimony is the legal obligation for a person in a divorec to provide financial support for their ex-spouse, who can not support themselves. Every case is different and some former spouses may not receive any form of alimony. This legal obligation may be temporary and last the duration of the divorce, or it could be made permanent as part of the divorce agreement. A judge will assess the financial resources of the couple. The judge will look at their situation, if one spouse has financial need and the other one has the ability to pay alimony. Alimony is more likely to be awarded to couples who have been married for sometime. Alimony will be terminated once the recipient gets remarried or begins to cohabitate with another. 


How does it work?

Alimony can come in a few different forms. There are lump-sum payments, property transfer, or monthly payments. A monthly payment is the most common form. This means an ex-spouse gives the other a certain amount each month. Alimony will be terminated once the recipient gets remarried, begins to cohabitate with another, either spouse passes away,  or when the date set by the judge passes. A lump-sum payment or property transfer can not be changed after they have been awarded. 


You and your spouse should be able to come to an agreement that each party is happy with. If this does not happen you will need to file a formal motion with a court. A judge will hear the case and decie of alimony should be awarded, and if it is how much. 


Consult with your Divorce Lawyer Provo Utah. We can help you get the alimony you need and deserve. 

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