Am I Eligible For Spousal Support?

When one spouse has been the primary bread winner for the family, one of the greatest questions looming during divorce is: how will the other spouse support himself or herself after the marriage is over?

While spousal support or alimony is not a given, it is a distinct possibility in many divorces, particularly if one spouse has significantly less earning potential than the other spouse. This could include situations where one spouse made career or educational sacrifices to stay at home and raise children.

Equipping You With The Information You Need To Understand Your Spousal Support Options

At Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans, we will take a close look at the circumstances of your marriage to determine if either spouse is eligible to receive spousal support.

It is important that you know whether spousal support could be granted in your divorce, as well as your options for proceeding accordingly. Call Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans today to learn more. We represent families and individuals throughout Murfreesboro and Tennessee.

The family law court generally awards spousal support on certain factors, including:

  • Duration of the marriage, usually greater than 10 years
  • Sacrifices made by either spouse to support the career or education of the other
  • Physical or mental conditions or disabilities that hinder the earning potential of a spouse
  • Nonfinancial contributions made to the marriage

Support is generally granted for a set period of time, often to allow the supported spouse time to gain education or opportunities to provide for himself or herself. In rare cases, it could be granted on a permanent basis.

Whether you are seeking spousal support or are concerned that your spouse may seek it from you, we will provide you with realistic expectations and a clear understanding of your options. We will staunchly advocate to protect your interests.