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Forms of temporary spousal maintenance

During your divorce proceedings, a court may bring up the subject of alimony. There are several different kinds of spousal maintenance. Your particular situation determines what kind could be most appropriate.

You may think of spousal maintenance as permanent payments. The Code of Alabama says that some forms of alimony are short-term. A court could extend them if there are extenuating circumstances. However, most temporary forms of spousal support last only a few months or a few years.

What is interim alimony?

A court might recommend interim support if you have an immediate financial need. If your spouse is the breadwinner, you may not be able to support yourself during the divorce proceedings. A court orders interim alimony so that you can provide for yourself while the case is ongoing. This kind of support usually ends once the court finalizes the divorce.

What is rehabilitative alimony?

According to the Code of Alabama, a court may sometimes recommend rehabilitative alimony. Like interim support, you receive these payments for a specific period of time. However, a court awards this kind of support after the finalization of the divorce.

Rehabilitative alimony could be necessary if you need help supporting yourself in the first few years after the divorce. Your current salary, for example, may not be sufficient for the cost of living in Montgomery. This kind of financial support can help you maintain your current standard of living while you seek employment with a higher salary. These payments can also sustain you if you need to return to school for more education. Your former spouse could make payments to you for up to five years. Afterward, a court usually allows the alimony order to expire.

A court typically considers both the financial need of one spouse and the other person’s ability to provide support. Legal officials may not recommend alimony in every situation.

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