Understanding Alimony and Family Law

In a time where financial uncertainty and irregular working conditions affect us all, how can a family lawyer help you with your alimony situation?

Alimony payments, which are otherwise referred to as spousal support, can be a tricky situation whether or not a separation was amicable or difficult. In most situations, a court order after a separation or divorce requires one party to make regular payments to the other in order to help resolve the separation financially.


There are numerous forms of alimony payments, including rehabilitative, permanent, and temporary. It is vitally important to understand the difference between each of these three so that you know you are paying both the right amount and for the right reasons. Having a family lawyer can be a significant benefit in these kinds of situations to make sure one party receives what is fair to them, and alternatively, that one is contributing to someone that absolutely needs their financial assistance.


  • Rehabilitative alimony is intended to help one party in the separation until they are financially capable of reaching stability on their own volition

  • Permanent alimony only lasts an indefinite amount of time and is not predetermined by the aforementioned court order. These payments are expected to continue until some kind of major life event reverses the need, like death or a marriage to a new spouse.

  • Temporary alimony is somewhat self-explanatory in that is only takes place for a fixed amount of time according to the court order. This time period is set by a judge and is paid when a couple separates but the divorce is not yet finalized.


Whether you are the party that would be receiving this alimony or are on the other end of the spectrum, knowing your rights and obligations is an absolute necessity. Hiring a family lawyer will drastically improve your knowledge and capabilities with this situation, and will assuredly help remove the majority of your stress moving forward.

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