Alimony issues in a Marlton divorce can cause fervent and contentious confrontations between the two sides. Many people who are involved in a divorce are looking for a “clean break” to the relationship which has taken a turn for the worse. Alimony is a link between the two soon-to-be ex-spouses that can survive the end of the legal proceedings. So, it is important to understand the common terms used during the process and the basics around them.
Well, for starters, what is alimony? Alimony is a payment from one spouse to the other based on established financial differences that will be a real impact on post-divorce life. If the parties can agree on an amount of alimony, great. If not, the court will order it, if it is deemed necessary.
Can just anyone make a claim for alimony? Quite simply, no. There must be a realistic – and provable – reason for a court to order alimony. In some cases, it might be the wife making a request for alimony, but it could just as easily be the husband. Courts are conscious of the fact that, these days, they need to review alimony requests in a gender-neutral fashion.
Lastly, how much will the alimony amount be? In each case, this answer can obviously be quite different. The length of the marriage may come into play, as will the income that each spouse is expected to earn in post-divorce life. Other sources of income may be assessed as well. Unless it is proven that alimony is needed and an amount is established, it could be difficult to push for an alimony order. Individuals going through a divorce may want to consider consulting an experienced attorney to determine their eligibility for alimony.