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Alimony is a court ordered payment of money, from one spouse to another, when a divorce is granted. Alimony is usually paid for a specific period of time, or it may be indefinite. Temporary alimony may also be awarded during the period in which a divorce is pending.

Alimony payments may be paid by either spouse, usually allowing the one with the lesser income to live the lifestyle in which he or she has become accustomed during the marriage.

In some cases, even if you are not legally married, and you have lived together for a specific number of years, the courts may still rule that you have to pay alimony.

If children are involved in the divorce, child support is usually stipulated in the divorce decree, along with the alimony and the division of other assets. Alimony and child support are usually paid together, but they are both separate entities under the law.

The amount of alimony, and whether or not it should be granted, is determined by the courts. The amount is awarded based on the financial status of the spouse who is ordered to pay.

Although alimony is subsequently awarded by the courts, certain types of divorces offer options for the parties concerned to work out the details of alimony before going before the judge for final dissolution of the marriage.

An uncontested divorce, summary divorce, or a mediated divorce allows the divorcing spouses an opportunity to reach agreements that may benefit them both, especially for financial and/or taxation purposes.

The amount of alimony could change at any time to meet the changing needs of the awarded spouse, or by the changing financial conditions of the spouse who is ordered to pay. If the awarded spouse remarries, the alimony payments are usually discontinued.

Alimony is a legal order by the courts, and the refusal to pay is a serious offense that could mean spending time in jail for contempt of court. If for some reason alimony payments cannot be paid, it would be wise to consult the attorney who handled your case initially, or obtain the services of another attorney, to petition the court for another hearing.

Alimony and child support payments can get very expensive, especially when they are not paid. Just because you neglect to pay them does not mean they will go away.

It is reported that some people are hundreds of thousands of dollars in arrearages, their paychecks are being garnished, and they could be arrested and sent to jail for nonpayment.

It is always recommended for those who are filing for divorce, or if being divorced, to seek the advice of a good divorce attorney, because whatever the outcome, as with marriage, you will have to live with it and divorce is a long term proposition.


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