Birmingham Alimony Attorneys
Advocating on Behalf of Our Clients
During the divorce process, one spouse may be ordered to pay alimony to support the other. This generally happens when one spouse earns significantly more than the other, or one spouse has stayed home for many years to raise children and has limited income or employment prospects. The Birmingham alimony lawyers at Thomas Logan Davis, Attorneys at Law, LLC can explain Alabama law, as it pertains to your situation.
If you have questions about alimony, please call (205) 512-3331 for a free consultation.
In order to be eligible for alimony, the court must find that one spouse requires financial assistance and the other has the means to pay. The length of the marriage is a major factor in whether alimony is awarded or not. in addition to financial need, the court will consider the marital assets awarded in property division and the separate assets of each spouse.
The court may also consider:
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The age and health of each spouse
- Future earning potential of each spouse
- Contributions made as a homemaker
- Contributions made by one spouse to increase the earning power of the other
- The needs of dependent children
- Conduct during the marriage that contributed to the divorce
Alimony payments continue for the length of time determined by the court. It may be possible to modify payments when there is a material change in circumstances. This could be an increase in income for the spouse receiving the payments or a change in situation for the one paying. If a spouse cohabitates or gets remarried, alimony will generally be terminated.
Types of Alimony
There are a few types of alimony in Alabama. Temporary alimony may be awarded during divorce proceedings and remain in effect until the divorce is final. Permanent, or long term, alimony is very rare and usually only awarded to older spouses who have spent decades as homemakers. In most cases, rehabilitative alimony is awarded for a period of time. This is designed to allow a spouse to obtain vocational training, education, or find a job. Our alimony attorneys in Birmingham can explain the law and what you can expect to happen in your situation.
Please call our firm at (205) 512-3331 to learn more about how alimony may affect your divorce.