Alimony, or “spousal support,” is when one ex-spouse must send payments to the other. The court orders or enforces spousal support whenever there is a disparity in income between the spouses. For example, if Spouse A is a successful surgeon and Spouse B is a gas station attendant, the court will likely order Spouse A to pay support to Spouse B.
That sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, problems develop when it comes to compliance in paying alimony. What happens if your spouse alleges that you never paid them support? In this situation, you may want to speak to a lawyer. A lawyer can impart to you the necessary information to track your alimony payments, provide documented support and make legal arguments to push your case.
Another typical issue comes up when one spouse loses their job. For example, Spouse A, the surgeon, loses her job and therefore is unable to make the support payments. Can she unilaterally stop payments? A lawyer can help you understand the process to reduce or suspend your obligation. That process does not necessarily include filing an action with the court; sometimes you can negotiate with your ex-spouse.
An attorney can advise you of the various options so that you can make an informed decision. Don’t try to handle these matters on your own. Alimony disputes are complicated without even addressing the emotional and factual issues. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process to ensure that you are treated fairly and your arguments are presented effectively.