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When will an award of alimony end?

As readers of this Tennessee legal blog may know, different divorce cases may yield different orders and post-marital outcomes. While some divorce proceedings may end with some of the parties receiving awards of alimony, others may result with the parties going their separate ways and dependent upon their own incomes. Questions of how divorce and alimony matters may work out should be brought up with readers' own family law attorneys as this post does not offer legal advice.

When alimony is awarded it may have a built-in termination date. If the award is for rehabilitative alimony they a judge may set a date by which the recipient of the alimony should be prepared to re-enter the workforce. On that date the payer of alimony may be released from their obligation to support their ex-spouse.

Alimony may also end when certain events occur in the lives of the parties. If an alimony recipient remarries, their award may be ended as they have a spouse to help them meet their financial needs. If a payer becomes unable to provide for their own requirements, their obligation to pay their ex may be reduced or even ended due to their lack of financial strength. Similarly, if an alimony recipient receives a financial windfall, they may see their alimony payments cut off.

The death of a payer is not a definite end of a recipient's alimony; in some cases the estate of a deceased alimony payer may have to provide support to the decedent's ex-spouse. Ending an alimony award can be complicated, by Tennessee residents can work through these and other complex divorce issues with the support and guidance of their attorneys.

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