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Types of Spousal Support
Oftentimes, divorce does not signify a complete end for your relationship with your spouse. While your romantic relationship might be over, if you have children together, you will probably continue to be in each others’ lives for a long time, as you continue to make decisions concerning your children. In addition, many spouses receive spousal support, also known as alimony, in divorce. While this does not necessarily mean that you have to see your ex-spouse all of the time, you will still be financially connected to him or her. Spousal support isn’t black and white. It depends on many factors that contributed to your marriage and the breakdown of the marriage. Because of this, there are several different types of alimony. Understanding these types can help you know what you are entitled to or what you will have to pay.
First off, you need to understand when alimony will or will not be paid. In situations where you have been in a long-term marriage where both spouses work and have similar incomes, alimony probably won’t be a factor in the divorce. However, if you have been in a long-term marriage in which one spouse worked while the other stayed at home, the stay-at-home spouse probably has no job skills, no pension of his or her own, and limited ways to get a job. This spouse will probably receive alimony in a divorce.
One type of spousal support is temporary spousal support. This is also referred to as pendent elite. If your divorce isn’t finalized yet, one spouse has to pay alimony to the other so that he or she can maintain his or her lifestyle. Temporary spousal support is exactly what it sounds like – temporary. It is only meant to last during the divorce process. Another type of alimony is rehabilitative alimony. This spousal support is paid to the spouse that didn’t work during the marriage. Because of divorce, this spouse will have to get a job in order to support him or herself. While this spouse gets job training, job experience, or furthers his or her education, he or she will receive spousal support. This type of alimony is meant to help a spouse that has no job experience or skills until he or she is self-sufficient. This type of spousal support is usually set for a fixed period of time because it is only meant as a temporary fix to help one spouse become self-sufficient.
Permanent alimony will continue until the death of one of the parties involved, or until the recipient of the spousal support remarries. This type of alimony can be adjusted based on the financial situation of both the payer and the recipient. For example, if the payer gets a promotion, the recipient can petition for more spousal support. On the other hand, if the payer is demoted or loses his or her job, he or she can petition to have the amount of spousal support decreased. The last type of alimony is called reimbursement alimony. This is meant to reimburse one spouse for expenses paid for the other spouse, such as payment for a college degree or medical school. If you spent money to help build your spouse’s career and are no longer receiving the benefits of his or her career because of your divorce, you could get reimbursement alimony.
If you think you are entitled to alimony, contact a Connecticut divorce lawyer. He or she can help you determine what kind of spousal support you should get in your divorce. If your spouse wants spousal support and you don’t think that he or she is entitled to it, hiring a divorce lawyer can help you prove why you shouldn’t have to pay.