Couples who are divorcing will address a number of legal issues before everything is finalized and they go their separate ways. It is likely that one spouse will be considering requesting alimony when the couple chooses to move forward with the divorce. While alimony is very helpful to those who need it, it is not always awarded when it is requested. For that reason, spouses should ask themselves a few questions before they request alimony from their spouse.
Anyone considering requesting financial support from their spouse should ask themselves the following questions before making a decision:
- What is my monthly income?
- Can I support myself financially without spousal support?
- Can my spouse afford to make these monthly payments?
- Will I be able to maintain the same standard of living following the divorce?
After answering these questions, you should have a good idea of whether you want to request alimony or not. Even if you are only awarded spousal support for a short period of time, it may be enough to help you get on your feet and become financially independent. Your spouse may disagree with your decision, but at the end of the day, if they have a problem with your request and don't feel you deserve spousal support, the decision will be left up to a judge.
If you choose to move forward with requesting alimony, you will need the assistance of an attorney. With any divorce legal matter, spouses may not always agree and as a result, they get angry and dispute over various issues. Even if you aren't sure that a judge will award you alimony, you can speak to an attorney about your questions and concerns or if you decide to move forward with your request.