General Information about Alimony

Divorce is a complicated process, involving not only social but also legal ramifications. These include, for example, child support, separation decrees, and possibly even restraining orders. Another thing that divorces often involve is alimony.

Alimony is a simple concept. It is akin to child support, except that it is for spouses. Essentially, alimony payments involve the higher-income spouse paying the lower-income spouse money to help him or her live. Alimony payments are meant to supplement child support payments.

Unlike child support, furthermore, alimony payments are not calculated with a simple formula. To decide how much alimony, if any, one spouse should pay the other, a judge takes many factors into account. For example, he or she will consider the age and health of both spouses; what both spouses are likely to earn in the future; how long a couple has been married; and how both couples have behaved through the divorce process and in the marriage.

Despite the fact that alimony laws vary from state to state, the general theme across the nation is that alimony payments are higher in marriages in which one spouse was financially dependent on the other spouse for a lengthy period of time.

Although it seems that one spouse benefits completely from alimony while the other spouse loses completely, this is not fully accurate. The spouse that pays the alimony payments can deduct those payments from her or his taxes, while the spouse that receives alimony has to pay taxes for alimony received.

Contact a San Diego Divorce Lawyer

Unsurprisingly, alimony is a controversial part of divorce, for no one would want to give her or his hard-earned money to someone with whom they may have a complicated relationship. If you are going through a divorce, having an attorney represent you can help you meet your alimony goals, whether those are receiving alimony payments or not making them. For help, contact the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP by calling 760-722-7646.

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