At the beginning of the divorce process, a dependent spouse is often in need of a temporary spousal support or alimony pendente lite (APL) order so that bills can be paid and a reasonable standard of living is maintained. Once a divorce is finalized, a spousal support or APL order may remain in effect permanently if it is not specifically terminated upon entry of the decree. Normally, spousal support or APL is appropriate when a dependent spouse does not have the ability to support herself or himself. Alimony is support provided by the independent spouse to the dependent spouse post-divorce where the dependent spouse cannot meet his or her reasonable needs without it. Consequently, the dependent spouse may be expected to seek the education and training necessary to become self- supporting. In the case of a long-term marriage, support obligations may continue until retirement age.
While it was once rare or even unheard of, elder divorce does occur on occasion. However, young or old, payor or receiver, any spouse involved in a marital separation or divorce is encouraged to contact a lawyer early on in the process to ensure a favorable outcome in terms of support.
Contact us at Musi, Malone & Daubenberger to schedule a consultation regarding any support needs, agreements, or orders. If you are the recipient of support, learn how to protect your right to be properly provided for either in the short-term or long-term, depending on your circumstances. If you are the paying spouse or ex-spouse, learn how to prevent being forced to pay more, or longer, than what is customary and reasonable.
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