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What is considered when a request for alimony is made?

Not all parties who file for divorce in Tennessee will have to deal with alimony, also known as spousal supports. When the parties to an ending marriage have financial independence and do not require monetary help from their soon-to-be exes to maintain their livelihoods, then they may go their separate ways without addressing alimony. However, when one party may be financially disadvantaged at the end of a marriage, the financially stable partner may be required to pay spousal support.

Most spousal support awards require the paying spouse to provide their ex with established monthly sums. Depending upon a number of factors, those sums may last for a period of years or even a period of decades. The remainder of this post will introduce some of the considerations that are made when spousal support is assigned by a Tennessee court.

First, a court will look at the length of the divorcing couple's marriage. Long-term marriages may be more likely to have one partner earning the income for the marriage and the other not working out of the home. In cases where one party may not be able to re-enter the workforce, an award of spousal support may be made.

Second, the capacity of the recipient spouse to earn an income will be taken into consideration. Their health and wellness, as well as their ability to obtain job training or education so that they can find a job, can be assessed by the court.

Finally, a court may look at a couple's standard of living during their marriage to decide if the spouse requesting spousal support should receive it. These are only some of the factors that can be reviewed before a court makes a spousal support decision. Interested readers can discuss their spousal support questions with their legal representatives.

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