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Fighting for the alimony that you deserve

When divorce is a reality, divorce courts do not want either spouse's finances to suffer disproportionally. This is why alimony is sometimes awarded to the spouse who has a lower income. Alimony payments, otherwise known as spousal support, serve as a means to equalize income to some extent, giving the spouse who earns less time to gain new employment skills.

If you are contemplating divorce but you are worried about the alimony payments you will be set to receive, it is important that you understand your rights in South Carolina and how the law will apply to your specific situation.

How is alimony determined?

Child support is calculated according to a formula that takes into account the salary of the non-custodial parent and the number of dependent children. While this process is objective, alimony payments are determined by the courts, who have broad discretion and can take into account a wide range of factors.

The fact that courts have broad discretion means that it is especially important for divorcing spouses to fight their corners. By showing that you are deserving of alimony due to the specific situation you are in, you are likely to be successful.

What factors are taken into account?

The courts consider the length of the marriage, as well as the age, physical and emotional state, and financial well-being of each spouse. They compare the standard of living that each spouse enjoyed during the marriage with their projected standard of living after the divorce has been finalized. When determining the length of time that alimony payments should be in place, the courts consider how long retraining would take for a spouse who wants to earn more money in the future.

What are the alimony trends overall?

Alimony is becoming less common since a higher percentage of families are made up of two wage earners. However, in families where one spouse is the primary wage earner and the other spouse spends their time raising the children, alimony is likely to be granted.

You have the right to get an alimony payment that secures your ability to continue living a high quality of life. To achieve this, it is important to take action so that you can start building your case.

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