You probably never imagined filing for divorce when you married your spouse, but sometimes it’s the best move you can make for yourself. As part of your divorce proceedings, if one spouse requires financial support, you will need to discuss whether that spouse will receive alimony as part of the divorce settlement.
Although working with an attorney certainly isn’t a legal requirement to move forward with your divorce and spousal support negotiations, having a highly trained professional looking out for your best interests isn’t going to do any harm, and it could protect you from being taken advantage of. Continue reading to learn more about how a lawyer can help you throughout your divorce.
When Alimony Is Awarded
The question of alimony doesn’t always come up, but when one spouse earns significantly less than the other and will need financial assistance to provide for themselves, it’s sure to become a point of contention. Spousal support can be awarded both temporarily and permanently, depending on the circumstances in your case.
For example, if one spouse needs to obtain education or find gainful employment before they can support themselves, then spousal support can be awarded temporarily. Alternatively, if one spouse is mentally ill or physically unable to provide for themselves, then alimony could be awarded on a permanent basis.
Making Sure You Aren’t Taken Advantage Of
Whether you are the one seeking alimony or the one paying it, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure that you aren’t taken advantage of during this difficult time in your life.
Your lawyer can examine both party’s income, expenses, cost of living, length of marriage, and a number of other factors to determine what a reasonable amount will be in your case. Without an attorney, you could be forced to pay more than would otherwise be required, or you could accept less than you are entitled to.
Get Assistance from an Indiana Spousal Support Lawyer
To further discuss the details of your alimony negotiations, you can schedule your initial consultation with an Indiana spousal support lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm. Simply give our office a call at 1-812-232-7400 or fill out the quick contact form located below.