One of the most ambiguous and complicated issues that must be tackled during the divorce process is alimony, also known as spousal support. If you are considering divorce, it is often difficult to know in advance whether you or your spouse will be entitled to alimony and even more challenging to anticipate the amount.
Alimony is not granted in every divorce case. In determining whether you or your spouse will be required to pay alimony, and if so, how much and for how long, is determined based on an analysis of several factors such as: the assets that each party brought into the marriage; the individual assets that each party is taking out of the marriage; the duration of the marriage; each party’s education and earning potential; the health of each party; the need of each party; the ability of either party to pay; the current income of each party; the historical earnings of each party; each party’s standard of living and lifestyle during the marriage.
If an alimony award can be settled through negotiations or alternative dispute resolution, we will work to facilitate an efficient, cost-effective agreement. However, if a settlement with your spouse is not feasible, we will move forward with an aggressive litigation strategy.