Rarely the courts do grant permanent or long-term spousal support and this is usually reserved for special circumstances. If there is a long-term marriage and the requesting spouse has been dependent on the other spouse for support for these years the court will grant permanent alimony and not abandon the requesting spouse to the retirement years without income or employment. However, the court will consider the requesting spouse’s receipt of pensions and/or other retirement assets.
Other considerations will include disabilities or serious medical conditions for which the requesting spouse needs financial support. The court will not abandon this spouse’s financial needs; however, the court will still consider the ability of the other spouse to pay.
Is Your Ex Not Paying Court-Ordered Alimony?
If your ex-spouse has stopped paying court-ordered spousal support, you can take many legal routes to deal with the issue. How to fight the matter legally is complicated, and it’s always in your best interest to find an attorney who’s experienced in divorce law.
Can I Avoid Having To Pay Spousals Support?
The best way to protect yourself from future alimony payments is to sign a prenuptial agreement (premarital agreement). A prenup can be completed before or even during the marriage. The agreements contain provisions that address how long alimony payments will last, how payments are made (i.e., automatic or checks), and how much the typical payment will be. Prenuptial agreements can even address specific scenarios depending on the circumstances. The best way to determine your options is to call an attorney. If you’re located in Marietta or the surrounding Atlanta areas, call us today at 770-415-8500 to book a consultation with Attorney Sean Whitworth.