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Are you eligible to receive alimony?

Divorce in the United States has become a common occurrence. According to the American Psychology Association, 40 to 50 percent of Americans who marry before the age of 50 will get divorced. This percentage means that family courts in the US are flooded with divorce related cases. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the legal obligation of a person to support their former spouse financially after divorce.

Alimony is implemented to neutralize any negative financial aspects of the divorce on the non-wage-earning spouse. For several decades, alimony was paid by husbands to their former wives. But in the 1970s, the laws were changed because countries wanted to move towards gender equality. Any person who is earning more money than their ex-spouse may be asked to pay alimony, be it a man or a woman.

To file for spousal support, you need to evaluate your financial needs after separation. Once you know the household expenses and any other support you might require to generate income, you should file for alimony. There are several requirements that you must meet for eligibility to receive spousal support. The judge considers all these factors when coming to a decision regarding alimony.

The most significant factor is the length of marriage. Generally, 10 years is considered a long-term marriage, and the judge may award you permanent alimony. The ages, relative incomes and health of the people involved are all taken into consideration by the judge. Family law relating to alimony is different in several US states. Some states dictate the amount and duration of the alimony, while others give a lot more freedom to the judge.

If you are getting divorced, an attorney can assist you in filing for alimony. An experienced attorney will assess your situation and explain the laws for you, so you can receive the spousal support that you deserve.

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