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In Alabama, what other states call “alimony” or “spousal support” is called “maintenance.” Maintenance means financial support of a former spouse once the divorce is final. Under Alabama law, spouses have the legal obligation to financially support each other during their marriages, and those legal obligations continue once the marriages ends. At the Alabama Family Law Group (AFLG), our compassion and tenacity mean that we are involved and organized in representing you when you are asking for spousal support or when you have been told you must pay maintenance.
Unlike child support, maintenance is discretionary, and the court determines the amount. No standard calculation is used, meaning that an AFLG attorney is necessary in addressing alimony matters and amounts awarded which vary by county and by judge.
Types of Spousal Maintenance
Three different types of alimony are typically awarded in Alabama cases:
- Periodic Alimony. Periodic alimony is spousal support paid periodically. These payments are considered income to the receiving spouse and a deduction to the paying spouse. Periodic alimony is often awarded in a long-term marriage situation where one spouse has given up the opportunity to pursue a career to care for the family and home.
- Alimony in Gross. In cases where a division of assets is impractical, the court may compensate a spouse with alimony in gross. Alimony in gross is considered compensation for the recipient’s marital rights. This type of alimony is not considered income by the receiving spouse; it is not considered a deduction for the paying spouse, nor is it modifiable by the court at a future time.
- Rehabilitative Alimony. At times, the court awards alimony for a specified duration to help one spouse obtain secure footing as an individual. This allocation, for example, might be the case in a long-term marriage where one spouse has maintained the home and has, therefore, been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to help this spouse get back into the workforce. In such cases, the award period does have a definite end date.
Why do you need a lawyer? The amount of alimony provided is at the discretion of the judge. Consequently, you need a persuasive lawyer to argue your case and only accept what is right and fair for you.
At AFLG, we understand that divorce is a confusing, difficult experience for people all over the state, whether in Huntsville or anywhere in North Alabama, we know that you do not want—and maybe do not know—how to manage the difficulties of obtaining maintenance and spousal support. We are ready to help you.
Compassionate Counsel for Spousal Support and Maintenance
At the Alabama Family Law Group, we support you in finding creative solutions to the challenging problems presented in maintenance issues. Call us at 256-859-7277. or contact us online to set up an initial consultation concerning maintenance.