When one spouse has been the primary bread winner for the family, one of the greatest questions looming is: How will the other spouse support himself or herself after the marriage is over?
Spousal support or alimony in Tennessee is not an automatic right after a divorce in Tennessee.
It is likely when, for example, one spouse has significantly less earning potential than the other spouse if he or she has made career or educational sacrifices to stay at home and raise children.
Factors Family Courts Use To Determine Spousal Support
In other situations, family law courts will look at factors to determine if and when to award spousal maintenance, such as the:
- Duration of the marriage, usually greater than 10 years
- Physical or mental conditions or disabilities that hinder the earning potential of a spouse
- Nonfinancial contributions made to the marriage
If support is awarded, it is generally only for a set period of time, so the supported spouse has the time and opportunity to gain education or employment opportunities. In rare cases, courts award alimony on a permanent basis.
Equipping You With Information You Need To Understand Your Spousal Support Options
Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, our attorneys at Bulloch, Fly, Hornsby & Evans PLLC Attorneys at Law have handled hundreds of family law cases throughout Middle Tennessee and throughout the state, many of which involve highly contentious spousal support disputes. Let us use our knowledge and skill to help you.
We can examine the circumstances of your marriage to determine if either spouse is eligible to receive spousal support. We will talk to you about the factors and how they may apply in your situation and for how long.
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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.