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Examining Tennessee's alimony laws - III

In our previous post, we officially launched our discussion of the four types of alimony available to divorcing spouses here in Tennessee. Specifically, we started discussing alimony in futuro, a form of long-term spousal support.

In today's post, we'll take a look at another form of long-term spousal support that can be awarded by the courts: alimony in solido.

Alimony in solido

Alimony in solido is typically awarded by the court in those situations where the actions of the payor spouse -- i.e., the spouse legally obligated to pay -- served to decrease the value of property owned by the payee spouse -- i.e., the spouse to whom the money will be paid -- prior to the marriage. It is also frequently awarded where necessary to balance the division of marital property.

What makes alimony in solido, otherwise referred to as lump sum alimony, different from its long-term counterpart, alimony in futuro, is that the total amount of future support to be paid will be evident on the date of the divorce decree. Furthermore, despite the fact that it is essentially a lump sum payment, the law does permit the payor spouse to make payments in installments over a predetermined period.  

Some very important points to keep in mind concerning alimony in solido include:

  • Payments will not be terminated in the event of cohabitation, remarriage or death.
  • Courts can consider future income when calculating an award of alimony in solido.
  • Attorneys fees may be awarded as alimony in solido.   
  • Payments may be ordered in combination with other types of alimony.

We will continue with our alimony examination in future posts, discussing transitional alimony and rehabilitative alimony.

If you would like to learn more about alimony or another divorce-related issue, please consider sitting down with a skilled legal professional to learn more about your rights and your options.

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