Divorce means giving up many things you’ve worked for and invested in over the course of your marriage. It changes your life completely and can feel like having a rug swept out from under you. If your spouse supported you during the marriage, then one factor to consider during a divorce is how you are going to support yourself without your spouse. One way in which recently divorced people support themselves permanently or temporarily is through alimony.
Alimony is the legal obligation of a person to support his or her spouse before or after a divorce. It is not always an obligation in a divorce. Whether or not a spouse in a divorce receives alimony is based on employment, ability to earn, and whether or not the spouse can support his or herself. Proving a need or right to alimony involves disputes between the two parties and should be carried out by attorneys who know what to say and how to deal with divorce disputes.
Alimony can be paid in one of three ways. The first is a lump-sum payment, which is an agreed upon amount of alimony that is paid all at once to the recipient. The second payment is called permanent alimony, which is a scheduled regular series of payments that occur indefinitely (without ending). The third kind of alimony is temporary alimony, in which the person paying alimony only pays for a set period of time and then ceases to pay after that time.
Get the Alimony You Deserve
If you are going through a divorce and believe that you are entitled to alimony payments, contact us at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. to schedule a consultation and discuss how our divorce attorneys can keep you financially secure through the divorce process.
Click here for NM Alimony Guidelines Worksheet