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Murfreesboro Divorce Attorney Guides You through the Intricacies of Alimony

Ever-changing landscape

Alimony, also called spousal support, is a periodic payment from one spouse to the other to provide financial support during divorce and after. It may be agreed to or ordered by the court. Alimony has evolved over the decades and is subject to frequent reform by legislatures across the country. Our Murfreesboro alimony attorney, David L. Scott, has more than 19 years of experience. Let us leverage this understanding of spousal support to provide you vigorous representation and protection of your alimony rights during a divorce.

Why does alimony still exist?

Alimony was created because when the U.S. was founded, women could not own property or enter into contracts. It made sense that a wife would need financial support if the husband wanted a divorce. As equal rights became a reality under the law, this rationale for alimony faded. However, Tennessee public policy still recognizes the need for spousal support in modern society, for three reasons:

  • Support for Marriage: Public policy supports marriage, and alimony helps ensure that children get the education and care they need to become productive citizens—even if their parents divorce.

  • Division of Labor: Many married couples have a division of labor where one spouse focuses on career employment while the other devotes time to child care. Spousal support ensures that if a divorce occurs, the spouse who devoted time to child care has the resources to get the education necessary to enter the workforce.

  • Continued Lifestyle: In case of divorce, alimony allows the disadvantaged spouse to continue living a lifestyle reasonably comparable to that when married. It also provides this lifestyle to any children.

It is clear that the Tennessee legislature continues to support alimony for the above reasons. When representing your spousal support rights, our acclaimed alimony attorney David L. Scott recognizes and employs these rationales when representing your alimony interests before the court.

What types of alimony exist?

There are four types of alimony:

  • Lump sum - either one time or a fixed number of installment payments

  • Periodic future payments - For as long as necessary to ensure the disadvantaged spouse can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living enjoyed during marriage

  • Rehabilitative alimony - Designed to provide the disadvantaged spouse the education and knowledge necessary to find productive employment

  • Short-term alimony - For cases where long-term spousal support is not necessary. For example, the disadvantaged spouse has a few months until retirement benefits begin.

The law has complex names for these types of alimony, and sometimes they overlap. It can all be very confusing. However, our knowledgeable Murfreesboro alimony lawyer is ready to sit down and explain it to you, along with types that may apply to your case.

Factors considered when determining alimony

Every divorce is different, so the determination of alimony is done on a case-by-case basis. The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that trial judges have broad discretion to consider any relevant factors. However, the following factors are typically examined: duration of marriage, age and health of each spouse, education and earning capacity of each spouse, any misconduct by one of the spouses that led to divorce, and standard of living during the marriage.

Contact our skilled Murfreesboro alimony attorney today for a free consultation

Alimony law can be complicated due both to the extensive law on the subject and the financial calculations involved. Whether you are seeking alimony or defending a claim for spousal support, Murfreesboro spousal support attorney David L. Scott is here for you, with more than 19 years of experience to guide you through every step of the way. Take advantage of our free initial consultation by calling us at 615-896-7656 or contact us online today.




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