Determining Support Alimony in Tulsa, Rogers & Surrounding Areas
Alimony, also known as support alimony or spousal support, is financial support paid by one spouse to the other. The purpose of alimony is to help a financially dependent spouse through a period of post-divorce readjustment from dependency to self-sufficiency. It is not ordered in every case, and it is not sex-specific. Either the husband or wife may be required to pay the other alimony in a divorce case.
Unlike child support, there isn’t any specific formula the Court uses to determine payment of support alimony in Rogers County and other counties in Oklahoma. Instead, there are a number of factors a judge will consider to determine an alimony award. These include a demonstrated need for support alimony and an ability to pay support alimony. The judge will also consider other factors such as the parties’ station in life, the length of the marriage, the health and age of each spouse, the earning ability and education of each spouse, and the parties’ financial means. A judge has broad discretion to determine if alimony should be paid, what amount of alimony is necessary, and the terms of payment. Under certain circumstances, alimony may be modified or terminated. For example, if the party receiving alimony co-habits with a member of the opposite sex.
Spousal support greatly impacts ones finances and lifestyle, whether you are the one who has worked outside of the home or the one who has been a stay-at-home parent. Moura Robertson uses extensive knowledge and expertise to negotiate or litigate the issue of support alimony to get the ruling you deserve, whether you are seeking payment of support alimony or defending against an alimony claim. If you have questions or concerns about support alimony in your particular case, please contact us to schedule a confidential legal consultation and evaluation of your rights with Moura Robertson.