One of the most stressful things that is discussed during the divorce process is the payment of alimony, also called spousal support. This is a regular payment made to the lower-earning former spouse to help prevent them from falling into poverty as a result of this sudden change in their life. Alimony is usually ordered in long-standing marriages where one person made significantly less than the other or put their personal goals on hold in order to help one spouse as the primary wage earner. Spousal support can be decided upon independently by the divorcing couple or it can be ordered by the court.
What should I know about alimony?
Alimony is established by looking at one person's capacity to make a living following the divorce. One person may have stayed home to help raise the children or worked part-time as the other spouse maintained a full-time job. Depending on the existing skills of the part-time spouse and their ability to learn new skills, the court will ask the other spouse to help them out for a set period of time.
Alimony is usually a monthly payment that continues until:
- The date ordered by a judge passes by;
- The payment must be modified due to an event;
- The person receiving the alimony remarries;
- Children no longer need a parent at home; or
- One person passes away.
If one spouse refuses to pay the amount that has been legally required of them, legal action can be taken through the court requiring them to pay. Actions can be taken to obtain the money that is required similarly to any other court-ordered payment.
Spousal support can be one of the most contentious issues during divorce. Usually the person that has been ordered to pay this support does not believe that they should pay money to their former spouse while the person that is being paid alimony may think that they deserve more. Let Diefer Law Group, P.C. help. Our Riverside divorce attorney has experience handling cases just like yours and can help you resolve this matter- call our office today!