Divorce is not easy, and it’s really only the first step. After the divorce, you still have to deal with your ex-spouse. You didn’t even consider how you may have to pay alimony. The aftermath of divorce can take a financial strain on you. You may be entitled to pay alimony to your spouse if the divorce will leave them at a significant disadvantage. Being in and out of courts is definitely the last things you want to be doing. Unfortunately, this whole process isn’t always smooth sailing. It’s important to know what it takes to qualify for alimony.

How do you qualify?

Qualification for receiving alimony is not random. When and if the court decides that one spouse deserves alimony, it is based upon many different factors. One factor is the potential recipient’s earning potential or their ability to make an earning. For example, if the potential recipient has disability which prevents them from working or they have a lack of education preventing them from making a certain earning, then they may receive alimony. The court also looks at if the potential recipient would be able to have gainful employment. This is where consistent work is given and payment is received from the employer. For example, if the potential recipient’s work is only seasonal, then they may be qualified to receive alimony. The court also take in account the length of the marriage. The longer the marriage the stronger the case for alimony will be. The court also takes in account if the potential recipient has custody of minors that will will have to support. The court doesn’t only look at the condition of the potential recipient, the court also looks at the condition of the potential payer. They look at their ability to provide support. The court mainly looks at the financial condition and needs of the potential recipient after the divorce. For example, if the potential recipient may go bankrupt after the divorce due to less financial stability, then i t may be a ground for them to receive alimony.

Divorce alone can take a tremendous toll on you. You and your former spouse now have completely different lives. Now that you have to pay alimony, there’s even more pressure and stress on you. There are several types of alimony you may have to pay. The first being temporary alimony. This is typically awarded in the early stages until everything in the divorce is finalized. The second being lump sum alimony. This means alimony wouldn’t have to be paid monthly but all at once. The third type is permanent alimony. This is typical for longer marriages. The last type of alimony is rehabilitative alimony. This is typically given when a spouse has sacrificed their professional career or education. Sometimes alimony is quoted as a price that is truly unfair to you. Or you’re not alloted as much alimony as you need.

Salt Lake City alimony attorney Christopher M. Ault at The Ault Firm is available to help protect your money or get you the compensation you deserve. Contact him at 801-539-9000 for a consultation or fill out this form.