Spousal support, sometimes called alimony, is financial support that a person pays to their ex-spouse once their marriage is over. The laws of Tennessee allow for four specific types of alimony to be agreed upon or ordered, and this post will briefly address each one. Specific questions about alimony and what type may be ordered in a particular divorce should be discussed with readers' individual divorce attorneys.
In Tennessee permanent alimony is called alimony in future. It is paid periodically over a long period of time and is available to individuals who will not likely have the option of becoming self-sufficient. When a person may be able to become self-sufficient but requires training or education in order to become job-ready, they may be ordered to receive rehabilitative alimony.
If a person has a job and will be able to provide for their own needs after their divorce but needs support to make the transition into their new single life, they may be ordered to receive transitional alimony. Transitional alimony is temporary and helps a person get back on their feet once their marriage is over. Alimony that is paid just once and that encompasses the entirety of an alimony relationship between two exes is called alimony in solido, or lump sum alimony.
Different structures of alimony are designed to serve the varying post-divorce needs of individuals. The type of alimony that a person receives will depend upon their unique needs and financial capabilities. When alimony is ordered or agreed upon it creates a binding obligation between the parties that can be enforced if the paying spouse fails to uphold the terms of their obligation.