Columbia Alimony Attorney
Alimony can be one of the most hotly contested issues in a Tennessee divorce, but the concept itself is relatively straightforward when you take emotion out of the picture. Like the spousal support laws in many other US states, Tennessee’s statute on alimony aims to level the playing field between spouses when the financial gap is considerable due to divorce. A judge may award it based upon the case and circumstances of the parties, so it is possible that you could either be paying or receiving spousal support pursuant to divorce proceedings.
At Fort, Holloway, & Rogers, LLC, our team has decades of combined experience representing clients on both sides of the alimony issue. Your interests are our priority, so we strive to protect your rights and ensure fairness when spousal support is at issue. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with a Columbia alimony attorney who can provide personalized details. Some basics are also useful as an overview.
Overview of Tennessee Alimony Laws
A party must officially request spousal support for the court to consider it, and a judge will likely award it when divorce results in a financial gap between the parties. There are multiple types of alimony available by law:
- Rehabilitative alimony is preferred by courts because the goal is to ensure the lower earning spouse becomes self-supporting, such as through education and job training.
- When the parties are already self-supporting, a judge might award transitional alimony. The point is to help a spouse adjust to a new lifestyle on one income.
- Alimony in futuro may be appropriate when the lower earning spouse cannot become financially self-supporting, such as for age or other reasons.
- A court may determine a lump sum or total amount of spousal support, at times to create a credit for property division. Alimony in solido might be paid by the party who received the marital home or other valuable assets.
Strategies for Resolving Alimony Questions
There are multiple factors a court will consider when awarding the type, amount, and duration of alimony. Factors include the duration of the marriage, the parties’ separate assets, the details of property division, earning capacity, and many others.
However, there are alternatives to having a judge decide. The parties are encouraged to agree on alimony, and the court may order mediation to resolve disputes. In some cases, a trained mediator can guide the parties in reaching an accord by helping them see each other’s point of view.
Our Columbia alimony attorneys at Fort, Holloway, & Rogers, LLC will protect your rights during settlement discussions, and we will advocate on your behalf at mediation. If agreement is not possible and litigation becomes necessary, we are ready to present your case in court and argue your position before the judge.
Consult with a Columbia Alimony Attorney to Learn More
Spousal support is a contentious topic, but you can trust our team at Fort, Holloway, & Rogers, LLC to advocate on your behalf. For more information, please call 931-901-2300 or go online to set up a consultation with a skilled Columbia alimony lawyer.