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Domestic Relations Practice Area

Alimony & Modification of Alimony

Alimony, or spousal support, may be granted in legal separation or divorce actions. Alimony may be temporary, rehabilitative, or permanent. In addition, alimony may be paid to the recipient spouse in periodic disbursements or by a lump sum payment. If you and your spouse cannot agree on whether alimony should be paid or on the amount of alimony to be paid, the court will determine whether alimony should be paid, and if so, the proper amount to be paid.


The court will consider all relevant factors to determine whether alimony should be awarded, including, but not limited to, the following:


  • A payor spouse’s ability to pay;

  • The needs of the recipient spouse;

  • The parties’ station in life;

  • The lifestyle and standard of living that the parties have become accustomed to;

  • The length of the marriage;

  • The respective education and earning ability of the parties; and

  • The respective income of the parties.


Alimony will automatically terminate when the recipient of alimony:


  • Remarries;

  • Has relationship that produces a child and results in a court order directing another person to pay support to the recipient spouse; or

  • Has a relationship that produces a child and results in a court order directing the recipient spouse to provide support of another person who is not a descendant by birth or adoption of the payor of the alimony.


For more information relating to the modification of alimony, contact M.W. Law, PLLC to schedule a consultation. 

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