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Tennessee Alimony Laws

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Alimony can provide significant relief to individuals who are going through a complicated or challenging divorce. When you have come to grow dependent on your partner, it can be very difficult to adjust to living without their source of income or support. You deserve to receive continued support during and after a divorce.

If you are concerned about securing alimony, be sure to talk with the Nashville divorce attorney from Martin Sir & Associates. The firm has decades of experience and has been given numerous awards for their commitment to clients and providing superior legal service. Alimony is an important factor to your well-being after a divorce.

Make sure you have a trusted Nashville alimony lawyer on the case by calling Attorney Sir today.

How is Alimony Determined in TN?

In Tennessee, alimony can be awarded for several reasons. The court will review numerous factors to determine if one spouse is eligible for this level of financial support from their previous spouse.

The court may decide to award you alimony for a variety of purposes, including:

  • To help you maintain the lifestyle you enjoyed during marriage
  • To give you an opportunity to become financially independent over time (back to school, new job, etc.)
  • To help you adjust to the economic downfalls of a divorce
  • To help make up for an imbalance in property division

The length, amount, and type of alimony will depend on the judge's ruling. They will typically consider reasons for divorce, contribution of each spouse, length of marriage, living situation, earning capacity, and education level.

There is no strict formula for this, meaning that you will need an attorney who understands how to best demonstrate your needs and rights. It is also important to keep in mind that more than one type of alimony can be awarded, which means you could get support for numerous areas of life.

How long can alimony payments last?

You may not be ordered to pay monthly alimony to your spouse if you were only married a short time and earn roughly the same amount. Our divorce attorney can argue that you should not even have to pay.

If you do have to pay, you may be ordered to do so until:

  • Your former spouse remarries
  • One of you dies
  • Your children do not require a full-time parent at home
  • A certain set by a judge in the future
  • If a judge decides your spouse has not made an effort to be self-supporting after a certain time
  • Some significant event such as retirement happens and the judge modifies the amount

Like most issues pertaining to your divorce, you can save time by coming to an agreement regarding alimony before you go to court; otherwise, a court will set the terms of alimony for you.

Tennessee Alimony Arrangements

There is more than one type of alimony in Tennessee— rehabilitative alimony provides support until a spouse become self-sufficient, alimony in futuro is for long term support unless the spouse remarries; transitional alimony lasts until the spouse adjusts to new financial circumstances; and alimony in solido is one lump sum ordered to be paid no matter what.

When you are negotiating alimony payments, you need representation to ensure you pay a reasonable amount if you are forced to pay at all. Our Nashville divorce lawyer can also represent you if your spouse has failed to pay an ordered amount of alimony to you.

If you need legal counsel for seeking alimony or shielding yourself from unfair demands, contact Martin Sir & Associates today.


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