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Murfreesboro Tennessee Alimony Lawyers Tackle Difficult Spousal Support Issues

Experienced team obtains effective solutions

Issues concerning spousal support can complicate and delay a divorce. Disagreements over alimony can turn an uncontested divorce into a contested one, potentially putting this decision in the hands of a family court judge. Paying too much alimony and receiving too little alimony are common problems. And if a spouse fails to provide support, it may be necessary to seek the court’s enforcement of that responsibility. The experienced Tennessee alimony lawyers at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law in Murfreesboro successfully tackle spousal support issues, obtaining effective solutions for you.

What is alimony?

Alimony is a regular payment that a family court may order one spouse to make to the other spouse when the couple separates or divorces. Alimony is designed to address any unfair economic consequences of a divorce which may still exist after property is divided and child support is awarded. There are few specific guidelines in determining alimony; instead the courts have granted broad discretion to judges to determine what is deemed fair in each case.

Types of alimony in Tennessee

There are four different types of alimony in the state of Tennessee. The court may award one of these types or a combination, depending upon the circumstances of your case.

  • Alimony in Futuro (also called Periodic Alimony): an order for support to be paid over a long period of time to a spouse unable to earn enough income to enjoy an appropriate standard of living. Most common in situations where the marriage was long and the spouse has little chance of returning to the workforce at full capacity.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony: Designed to help a spouse who has been out of the workforce –or who does not have the ability to earn much income — develop the capacity to earn enough money to enjoy a similar standard of living to the one shared with the spouse during marriage, or at least similar to the standard the other spouse will enjoy after the divorce. This type of alimony may be ordered by the court so that a spouse can attend school or receive training in order to earn more money. Once retrained in the skills required to earn the necessary income, the spouse is considered “rehabilitated”.
  • Transitional Alimony: support paid for a definite period of time when a spouse needs time to adjust to new financial circumstances after separation or divorce.
  • Alimony in Solido (also called Lump Sum Alimony): long term financial support. The court calculates the total amount of support at the time of the order and payments may be made in installments in a set amount over a certain period of time.

Spousal support in Tennessee is based upon several factors including the needs of the recipient, the income-based ability of the former spouse who pays it, length of the marriage, and any “fault” cited in the grounds for divorce.

Murfreesboro TN Alimony attorneys provide solid support and comforting counsel

At Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law, our skilled Tennessee family law attorneys understand the stress and financial strain that comes with divorce. We work with you to address your spousal differences and obtain workable solutions to spousal support issues. We provide solid support and comforting counsel throughout the divorce process. Contact our team today at 615-890-1982 or online to schedule a free consultation. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request.