Some family law subjects can come across as a bit more technical and complex than others, with alimony being a case in point.
In fact, the topic of alimony (sometimes alternatively termed spousal support or spousal maintenance) sometimes flatly stymies individuals with more than a passing or peripheral interest in it.
Namely, those individuals are of course persons who are seeking or being asked to pay alimony, respectively.
Here's a question: Is it a slam-dunk proposition in Tennessee that alimony will be automatically awarded in a divorce case?
At one time, that was quite often a standard and expected outcome, as we note on a page of our website at the Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd addressing spousal support considerations.
We additionally note therein that now, though, "whether or not a person receives spousal support is based on a number of factors."
And, indeed, those factors can both separately and collectively raise a host of complex questions for a family law court to consider and judicially rule upon.
To wit: How long was a couple married? Did one partner forgo a career to raise a family, while the other worked outside the home? What standard of living was prevalent during the marriage?
Often, many other variables in addition to those posed in the above queries also feature centrally in a court's evaluation of an alimony request.
Tennessee residents interested in the subject should know that multiple types of alimony exist in the state, with each being singularly relevant to a particular time frame and set of circumstances.
"Like most divorce matters," we note on our site, "reaching a fair spousal support agreement is a complex matter."
A family law attorney with proven experience representing both would-be payers and recipients of alimony can guide a client through the process and work hard to ensure a best-case outcome in a given matter.