Will I be eligible for spousal support after my divorce?

It is normal for people facing the prospect of divorce to have concerns over their post-divorce financial stability. You may have grave concerns over your financial situation after your divorce is final, but you might be able to pursue spousal support. It could be beneficial for you to explore how you may be able to seek this type of financial support. 

In some Tennessee divorces, there is great financial disparity between the two parties. One spouse may have stayed home to raise the children while the other went to school or had a successful career. If you earned less than your spouse for most of your marriage or you sacrificed your job for your spouse's, it may be possible for you to make a claim for spousal support.

How is spousal support determined?

Depending on the details of your individual situation and the ability of both spouses to agree on spousal support, it may be possible to resolve your alimony disputes out of court. If that is not possible, however, a court will decide whether you should receive spousal support after the divorce is final. Some of the factors you may consider either in negotiations or in court include the following:

  • How long you and your spouse were married
  • Any education you may need to be able to reenter the workforce
  • Your age, physical abilities and other factors that could affect your employment opportunities
  • The standard of living you and your spouse maintained during your marriage

These factors could determine if you are eligible for financial support from your spouse. Depending on how much support you need and how long, these payments may last for only a short amount of time, or it could be long term. In some cases, it may be permanent.

What is your future going to look like?

Divorce is a complex process, and it will certainly bring significant changes to your life. You have the right to pursue a beneficial divorce order, one that allows you a strong and prosperous future. If you believe that you could have a claim to spousal support, you may find it beneficial to start by learning more about your rights and options.

Before you take the first step or make any decisions that could be important to your future, it is prudent to seek a complete evaluation of your case. This could help you understand more about things such as potential claims to spousal support. 

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