When it comes to determining child support obligations in Tennessee, parents will be subjected to legal formulas that determine the exact amount that is owed. However, alimony is not determined by a specific formula. Instead, Tennessee family law courts analyze special factors — like the length of the marriage, both spouses’ employment and their incomes — in order to arrive at a figure for alimony payments due.
There are two primary types of alimony in the state of Tennessee: temporary alimony and permanent alimony. A spouse who is awarded permanent alimony can potentially receive regular monthly payments from his or her ex-spouse for the rest of his or her life. A spouse who is awarded temporary alimony will receive monthly payments for only a limited period of time.
With temporary alimony, the payments are intended to provide the spouse with a financial bridge as he or she makes an effort to become financially independent. Temporary alimony falls into two categories: rehabilitative alimony and transitional alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is specifically intended to pay for the education a spouse needs to improve his or her job conditions. Transitional alimony is usually intended to help pay for a spouse’s expenses as he or she becomes financially independent over a period of several months or several years.
At the law office of Stephen C. Girsky, we help spouses negotiate and navigate the legal aspects of their alimony disagreements. Our experienced alimony attorneys are available to speak with Clarksville residents in detail about their divorce cases and their alimony issues in a free, no obligation, first-time consultation.