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Under TN Law, is One Spouse Responsible for the Other’s Welfare When Getting Divorced?

If you are divorcing in Tennessee, you may want to know what will happen after the divorce in terms of assets and money. Your spouse may be unemployed or making little money and you may be tired of paying for everything. Well, you need to sit down because there is bad news.

After a couple divorces, the court wants to ensure that both parties can meet their financial needs. If both parties work full-time and make decent money, then they most likely can. However, if one party makes little money or does not work at all, then the other party may be responsible for their welfare. They may be ordered to pay alimony, otherwise known as spousal support.

Alimony is available in all 50 states. However, each state differs in terms of laws and types of alimony. Plus, some states are more generous than others.

In Tennessee, alimony is awarded on a case-by-case basis. There are four main types of alimony in Tennessee:

When Does Alimony Apply?

The requirements for alimony are as follows:

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In terms of welfare, judges want to see that both parties are financially secure to some degree.

However, alimony is often a contentious issue, as nobody wants to pay it. There are no longer any tax benefits for doing so, so it’s something that spouses often argue about.

A Tennessee alimony lawyer from The Law Office of David L. Scott can help you deal with the prospect of alimony, whether you want to receive it or are ordered to pay it. Our focus is on helping you get through your legal troubles. To schedule a consultation, call (615) 896-7656 or fill out the online form.

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Our focus is on helping you get through your legal troubles. With more than 25 years of experience, we are committed to getting the best legal outcome for you. Contact today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you!