“You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.”
John Barrymore

The Purpose of Spousal Support

Spousal support, or alimony, is monetary support that a court awards to a party in a divorce action. It is paid by one spouse to the other for a specific period of time. A spouse asking for alimony, most often, has to demonstrate the need for the alimony and the paying spouse’s ability to pay.

Secondly, the primary purpose of alimony is to preserve the economic status of both parties as it was during the marriage. Another factor that the court considers is the requesting person’s dependability on the income of the other spouse. For example: If a couple has been married ten years and the husband is the only person working or is the primary earner and the wife is dependent on the income of the husband to maintain her living status then alimony may be a viable possibility. This may be especially true if the wife assisted the husband in obtaining the education and training necessary to earn such wages.

Alimony is Tricky

On top of these personal concerns, alimony gets tricky because people do not know the alimony laws. A skilled mediator, however, knows there are tax advantages to alimony. Alimony can be an attractive and creative settlement tool in mediation that can keep more money in the family’s collective pocket and out of Uncle Sam’s.

We help you consider important factors associated with spousal maintenance, including:

  • Educational backgrounds;
  • The financial needs of both parties involved;
  • Wage histories;
  • Whether children are involved;
  • Whether spousal support should be permanent or temporary;
  • Whether the award will be subject to future modification;
  • Work histories;

One of the biggest questions is whether the ex spouse’s education has any effect on the overall support. We can help answer that question.

We’ll Fight for You

Attorney Ronald L. Kossack has represented over 2,000 clients and has served as the lead attorney on more than 850 trials and hearings. Mr. Kossack is a master litigator who has a strong presence in the courtroom. He will fight to protect your rights in a court of law, if necessary. To schedule a free initial consultation contact us online or by calling 480-345-2652.