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Why alimony is a tool—not a weapon

Whether your marriage ends in mutual agreement or due to safety reasons, divorce allows you to cut away from a relationship that now impacts you negatively. If you are a stay at home mom or dad, you might find yourself separated from your standard of living right along with your ex-spouse. Alimony, in that way, may assist you in finding your feet. 

There is a lot of stigma about pursuing alimony. The media often portrays it as indicative. But Alabama codes, as Findlaw notes, specify several requirements to meet this financial compromise. There is a process to determine whether the courts should award you alimony as well as whether your spouse can afford it or not. There is no guilt in pursuing your previous status quo in order to find your feet and move on with your life. 

Alabama alimony is usually temporary 

Depending on the length of the marriage, this spousal support may be in effect for months like in the case of interim alimony where one spouse supports the other during the separation process. It can last longer with longer marriages, but many periodic alimony awards last five years or, in certain circumstances, as long as the marriage lasted. This is a financial foundation for you to becoming independent again. 

Alabama alimony can stop with an appeal 

In the event you establish financial independence and can provide a status quo life for you and your children without that help, your spouse may appeal the alimony. If the courts find it reasonable, the award stops. If you are still in need, it does not. 

Knowing what you need and how to get it is not as important as remembering that you deserve it. Divorce is a difficult time in everyone’s life but you have options to make this life transition smoother.