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Alimony is awarded in a divorce when there is a need, and an ability to pay.
Permanent alimony may be awarded in a long term marriage and when permanent alimony is awarded it can be either periodic or in a lump sum amount depending on the necessary facts and circumstances. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded in a short term marriage when one party needs support to go back to school, or obtain employment. Alimony is generally tax deductible to the payor and includable in taxable income to the payee.
Call the Ledezma Law Firm today for a free consultation and the attorneys will gladly assist you in determining which alimony is appropriate for you and also arguing against it when not warranted.
Factors The Court Consider In Awarding Alimony
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The duration of the marriage.
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
- The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
- The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.
- All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
TYPES OF ALIMONY
Termination of Alimony
- The extent to which the recipient spouse and the other person (i.e., the person whom the recipient spouse is alleged to be in a supportive relationship with) have held themselves out as a married couple by engaging in conduct such as using the same last name, using a common mailing address, referring to each other in terms such as “my husband” or “my wife,” or otherwise conducting themselves in a manner that evidences a permanent supportive relationship.
- The period of time that the recipient spouse has resided with the other person in a permanent place of abode.
- The extent to which the recipient spouse and the other person have pooled their assets or income or otherwise exhibited financial interdependence.
- The extent to which the recipient spouse or the other person has supported the other, in whole or in part.
- The extent to which the recipient spouse or the other person has performed valuable services for the other.
- The extent to which the recipient spouse or the other person has performed valuable services for the other’s company or employer.
- Whether the recipient spouse and the other person have worked together to create or enhance anything of value.
- Whether the recipient spouse and the other person have jointly contributed to the purchase of any real or personal property.
- Evidence in support of a claim that the recipient spouse and the other person have an express agreement regarding property sharing or support.
- Evidence in support of a claim that the recipient spouse and the other person have an implied agreement regarding property sharing or support.
- Whether the recipient spouse and the other person have provided support to the children of one another, regardless of any legal duty to do so.
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