If you’re in the beginning stages of the
divorce process, it’s important to understand that alimony will likely play a significant
role in your divorce. When calculating alimony, the courts will look at
the income both spouses are bringing in – whichever spouse is making
more will likely be ordered to pay alimony. However, alimony generally
isn’t awarded for short marriages or if you and your spouse earn
Whoever is ordered to pay alimony will be required to make monthly payments until:
- Your former spouse remarries
- Your children no longer need the care and support of a full-time parent
- Retirement, which can convince a judge to modify the order
If You’re Expected to Receive Alimony
Whether or not you qualify for alimony can easily be determined by looking
at your capacity to earn, which can be different than the income you are
earning at the time you go to court during your divorce proceedings. The
court will also factor in how much your spouse earned and what your standard
of living was throughout the years of your marriage.
If Your Spouse Refuses to Pay
If an alimony order is issued and your spouse refuses to pay or is making
excuses in an effort to delay payment, you should take immediate legal
action. You can have the court enforce the order through a “contempt”
proceeding – in some serious cases, a court can place a reluctant
individual in jail to enforce obtaining regular payments.
At Leavitt Law Firm,
we believe that our clients deserve not only a fair resolution to their
divorce, but one that is cost-effective. Our Las Vegas divorce attorney
has more than 25 years of experience in protecting the rights of clients
during every step of the divorce process.
To request a free consultation, call (702) 996-6052 today!