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2 Types of Spousal Support Payments

Alimony is commonly awarded to spouses after divorces, generally when the incomes of the divorcing spouses are significantly different. One spouse may make a lot less money than the other, and alimony payments can allow a person to adjust to a changing level of financial responsibility during a divorce, and sometimes even after. Depending on the couple’s situation, one of two main types of alimony will likely be awarded.

Different Forms of Spousal Support

While specific alimony payments will be determined on a case-by-case basis, they generally take one of two main forms. The two primary types of alimony are:

  • Temporary spousal support
  • Spousal maintenance

Temporary alimony payments typically occur only during a divorce proceeding, while permanent alimony payments continue even after a divorce is finalized. It is important for a couple divorcing to know that alimony can be modified after the agreement has been established should one or both of the people’s circumstances change. Commonly this occurs if a spouse remarries or has a job change.

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When you are negotiating your alimony arrangement, it’s critical that you ensure that your rights are fairly represented. Without legal representation that you can trust, you may end up with an alimony arrangement that is unfair to you and to your loved ones, or does not meet your needs entirely. Our legal team at BB Law Group PLLC can discuss your situation with you and help you pursue the alimony arrangement that you need and want. By calling (832) 534-2589, you can learn more about alimony and how it applies to your situation.