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What is the purpose of alimony in divorce?

It can take the better part of a lifetime for spouses in Tennessee to build a solid marriage together that integrates their lives into a single existence. However, it can take only a moment to destroy all of the work that those individuals put into each other. The may lead them to decide that they would be better off on their own. When marital partners decide that it is time to divorce they can have a lot of questions about how the property and wealth that they accumulated as a couple will be divided.

Past posts on this legal blog have offered insights into how the courts manage property division matters.Beyond the division of a couple's property, though, individuals may need more alimony-basics.html">financial support in order to lead successful post-divorce lives. This is where alimony comes into play. Also known as spousal support, alimony is money paid from one party to a divorce to the other for the financial benefit of the recipient.

Courts consider many factors when deciding if alimony is appropriate in divorce cases. They may evaluate the abilities of the partners to earn money. If both partners have high earning capacities, then it is less likely that alimony will be awarded than in situations where one partner to the marriage has a significantly higher ability to be financially successful following the divorce.

Courts can look at how long the partners were married, if either has health issues that may impact their capacity to earn an income and other important pieces of information before deciding that one party to a divorce will be bound to alimony payments. As every case is evaluated based on its own merits, readers of this post may want to seek help to determine whether alimony may serve them.

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