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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.

Financial matters may linger between exes even after divorce

When Tennessee residents end their marriages through divorce, they are legally disconnected from each other. Pending outstanding agreements or court orders, they are no longer liable for each other's financial commitments and no longer bound to make joint decisions about their money and investments. However, financial matters can require former spouses to maintain ties if either spousal support or child support are ordered in their divorce cases.

Paying or receiving alimony? Time to get organized

Spousal support is a critical component to many divorces all across the country. However, this does not mean that it will be included in any particular divorce. A judge will determine if alimony (spousal support) is to be included in your particular divorce. But let's say that you do get awarded alimony, or that a judge orders that you must pay your ex-spouse alimony. What happens next?

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