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Should you fight for spousal support after your divorce?

Divorce is difficult, and it will certainly bring financial changes to your life. What these changes will mean for your future can depend on various factors, including whether you secure spousal support from your former husband or wife. If you are in the process of ending your marriage, you may want to take the time to find out if you are eligible for alimony. 

The financial aspects of a divorce are often the most contentious. One spouse may be reluctant to pay the other, even if he or she clearly has a rightful claim to spousal support. In other cases, two spouses may be able to come to an agreement outside of the courtroom, regarding their financial settlement. Whether it’s in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, you have the right to pursue what you need for a secure future.

Who is eligible?

You may think that you are eligible for this type of support, but how can you know for sure? Not everyone who wants spousal support will be able to get it, or they may not get the full amount to which they think they are entitled. When a court considers the issue of spousal support, it may take a look at the following:

  • Income levels of both spouses
  • Ability of the non-working spouse to go back to work
  • Ability of the lesser-earning spouse to get other types of employment
  • Physical capabilities of both spouses
  • Ability of one spouse to financially support the other without undue harm
  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living enjoyed by both spouses during the marriage 

In some cases, a court may decide it is appropriate to grant one spouse permanent alimony. This is more common in situations where the spouse is unable to work or the couple was married for several decades. It is also possible a court may grant temporary alimony, given for a period deemed long enough for one spouse to become financially self-sufficient.

Fight for what you deserve

Pursuing the financial support you need and deserve after your divorce is not easy. You may find it beneficial to work with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney who can help you understand your legal options and assist you in your pursuit of a strong post-divorce future. Before you agree to terms or settle your financial agreement, you may want to first seek an assessment of your case.