Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney Comments on Spousal Maintenance
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 28, 2013 ) Chicago, Illinois -- During the process of a divorce, the term spousal maintenance may come up. This is a term that is more commonly referred to as alimony. Alimony is the financial support that is provided by one spouse to the other as determined by the divorce judgment. Not all divorce cases will have alimony that is to be paid. With the guidance of an Arlington Heights divorce attorney, alimony can be determined and provided as necessary.
There are different types of spousal maintenance that can be provided. Permanent maintenance is usually given for couples who have been married for a long period of time. One spouse left the workforce to stay home with the children and solely relied on the working spouse. The alimony payments can either be given in a lump sum or in periodic payments. These payments will continue until a terminating event occurs. Remarriage or death usually qualifies as a terminating event.
There are circumstances where alimony would be given out for shorter periods of time. Sometimes payments are made to one spouse while the divorce is pending. The payments would end once the divorce is finalized. Other times alimony is paid for a set period of time or until a set amount is reached. Alimony can even be paid while one spouse is going to school or attending training.
There are many reasons why alimony would be paid to one spouse. These reasons would be determined and agreed to during the divorce proceedings and would be included in the divorce judgment. If these terms are not followed, the paying spouse could suffer harsh consequences. An Arlington Heights divorce attorney can help set the parameters for the alimony. Not all divorce cases will include alimony. Alimony paid is meant to be helpful and improve the quality of life for the spouse who is receiving it.
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