When Is One Entitled to Spousal Support?

Alimony Options in Case of a Divorce  

When your divorce is at a point of no return, you are probably asking yourself: “What are my options regarding spousal support?” Contacting an educated and experienced divorce lawyer will provide you with the possible options. This is financial assistance aiming to offer a chance to the non-wage-earning spouse to become a financially-independent person.

  • Rehabilitative alimony. It is usually granted for a certain period of time. It allows the recipient to receive funds for education and acquiring job skills to start a decent job. This option is also available for a parent who stays at home to look after a child/children. The court must rule on the exact time frame this alimony is valid for.

  • Lump-sum alimony. This kind of support is usually granted for a property agreement. This is a certain amount of money paid to the recipient regardless of his/her family situation.

  • Permanent alimony. This kind of support continues until one of the spouses dies. Another reason to suspend this support is if the recipient remarries, he/she receives a well-paid job, or they get a big amount of money as a heritage or winning a lottery. Regular payments could be changed if a payer retires or suffers a reduction of income. In the latter case, the court will make an investigation to find out whether the loss of decent income is deliberately or by chance.

  • Reimbursement alimony. This type is paid to reimburse the expenses one is making to complete a training course or certain education.

  • Temporary alimony. It is paid when the spouses separate but the divorce is not a fact yet. Both sides sign a written marital separation agreement which outlines the exact amount to be paid and the time the payment has to be made. This agreement must be approved by a judge in the court. The sum may be subject to change in the court again.

Want to explore all your options for spousal support in Petaluma, CA? Get in touch with Law Offices of Marianne F. Skipper. Trust Marianne Skipper’s excellent skills and vast experience. Call her today at (707) 658-4566.

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