There are many factors to consider when you and your spouse make the decision to end your marriage. The divorce process involves several major decisions, such as the division of property, which spouse will keep the house, and whether one spouse will be required to pay alimony (also known as spousal support) to the other spouse to help them adjust to their new financial reality. Spousal support matters can quickly become contentious, and many divorcing couples end up turning to the court to resolve their dispute. If you want to make sure your perspective is truly heard and valued, contact Ronald S. Clement Attorney at Law today to discuss your options.
Although not all divorcing couples are required to establish a spousal support agreement, many couples find that an alimony agreement is necessary in order for the divorce to be finalized. Alimony payments are especially helpful in cases where one spouse earned significantly more income over the course of the marriage; this usually happens when the other spouse decides to forego a career and devote their efforts to making a home or raising children. Once the marriage ends, the lower-earning spouse may require spousal support payments to help them adjust to their post-divorce financial reality. These alimony payments can go a long way in helping the lower-earning spouse take classes to become more marketable and employable.
When a court is deciding whether a spousal support agreement is necessary for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it will take several factors into consideration. A judge will look at your marital standard of living, your individual financial situations, your earning potentials, and more. If there are children involved, your case may involve a Guardian Ad Litem or other such court-appointed official—if so, rest assured that our office has extensive experience working with these professionals and we can help you understand what to expect from the process. No matter what your specific circumstances may be, Ronald S. Clement Attorney at Law is committed to ensuring that you receive an equitable outcome that keeps your future bright.