Monthly Archive: November 2016

Do You Know if You Are Entitled to Spousal Support?

Spousal support can also be known as alimony. It is a monthly payment usually awarded after divorce proceedings for people who don’t earn a wage or who are on a low income, done by spousal support firms such as The Law Firm For Family Law in Tampa.

There is a misconception surrounding spousal support in which people seem to be under the impression that spousal support is something that all couples are entitled to after a divorce procedure when in reality only about 10% to 15% of divorced couples are entitled to spousal support.

Spousal support or alimony is only usually awarded when you are going through a divorce procedure but in certain circumstances, such as if adultery was committed on your behalf, your chance of successfully gaining spousal support is gone.

One aspect that always caused confusion when it comes to spousal support is how long you will be paying this support for. Factually there are two types of spousal support or alimony; temporary or permanent; however permanent cases of it are rare and only usually exist if a spouse is ill and requires ongoing treatment, which the spousal support will pay for. In many cases of spousal support the payments usually last until the spouse has attained the education, training or job skills needed to establish a career. Other factors that will stop the payments of spousal support include if the spouse receiving the monthly alimony payments re-marries, this is because the responsibility to ensure the living standards are passed onto your ex’s new husband or wife. Another more obvious cause of spousal support payments stopping is if your spouse sadly passes away.

More information surrounding spousal support/alimony payments can be found within the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, which recommends that courts consider the factors that I have previously mentioned as well as the following points when they are making their decisions about spousal support: