Alimony, sometimes referred to as “spousal support,” is payment that goes towards rehabilitating one spouse following separation and divorce. The payment can be in the form of a lump sum, but it is commonly paid in periodic installments. The general principle behind alimony is that divorce should not impoverish either spouse—alimony’s purpose is to help each spouse following separation and divorce
For alimony to be awarded, it must first be proven that one party has a need and the other party has the ability to pay. We regularly represent client's on both sides of the alimony argument and always strive for a fair result.
Good alimony agreements are ideally mutually-agreed upon, and they ensure that no spouse suffers financially from a divorce. It is important to remember that alimony is not punitive—the idea is to create two financially-stable households out of one. However, without good legal representation and experienced guidance, alimony agreements can be range from overbearing to negligible, neither of which helps bring peace to a divorce.