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Alimony a possibility in many divorces

Although each divorce in Tennessee will have different specific terms depending on individual situations, legal requirements dictate the general framework of most divorce agreements. Alimony, or spousal support, could be a factor in some divorces when income or the ability to earn income is largely unequal between the splitting partners.

Each person's income and the length of the marriage guide a court when the decision to award alimony to an ex-spouse is determined. If one person's income is much higher than the other's, then a spousal support payment might be triggered. The time the couple spent within a marriage in many states directly influences the duration of support payments. The payments might be required for a few years or indefinitely.

Other factors contribute to the length of this time period. For example, a person whose income drops or health declines might become unable to meet payment obligations. In that event, the person might attempt to obtain a spousal support order modification. For the person receiving payments, a time limit might be imposed if the person has the ability to enter the workforce and earn income when given time to adjust. A new marriage by the recipient will in most cases terminate the spousal support.

A person who is facing the end of a marriage will usually be confronted with a variety of divorce legal issues in addition to the question of whether alimony will be ordered by the court. A family law attorney can often assist in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that covers these matters and which can then be submitted to the court for its approval.

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