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Experienced Legal Advice Through Alimony / Spousal Support Issues

During marriage dissolution, a critical matter may arise: whether a spouse is qualified for alimony – also called spousal support – or not. Although alimony is not an obligation, a spouse can request economic assistance when filing for divorce. Such support tends to be temporary to allow the other party to gain financial stability / independence.

At New Horizon Family Law, in Birmingham, we understand that marriage dissolution can leave one or both parties with a difficult financial situation. We provide you with comprehensive legal advice and guidance through marriage dissolution while protecting your best interests.

Requesting Spousal Support And Considerations To Grant Financial Support

The financial support provided to one spouse in Alabama is subject to specific qualifications that a judge may consider to determine whether one spouse should provide financial support to the other. In addition, a spouse demanding to pay alimony can justify their financial inability for the judge to decide on the next steps.

Some of the aspects a judge may consider for granting alimony include:

  • Standard of living of the spouses while married.
  • Whether one spouse renounced career opportunities or decreased their income.
  • The spouses’ age and health, which are also related to their earning capacity and future employment opportunities.
  • Whether one of the parties committed adultery or there are reports of domestic violence.

Other aspects include the duration of the marriage. Although there is not a minimum time set as a condition to obtain alimony, it helps as a reference to determine the time in which a paying spouse will provide such maintenance. For example, if a marriage lasted 20 years, the supported spouse may receive alimony for a maximum of 10 years.

Spousal support requests should be a part of the divorce proceedings. A spouse will not be able to apply for spousal support after the marriage is dissolved.

Our lead attorney, Shane Oncale, has helped spouses in situations like yours for more than 27 years. We will thoroughly explain your rights and guide you through every step.

More Questions About Alimony?

Call our office at 205-208-4583 or send us an email to schedule an initial consultation. We will address your concerns and give an honest evaluation of your current situation as a potential paying or supported spouse.