When Tennessee spouses get divorced, it's not uncommon for one spouse to have a far greater earning capacity than the other spouse. For example, perhaps one spouse stayed home with the children, taking care of house and home, while the other spouse worked to earn a living at a high-paying job. If these two spouses choose to get a divorce, the higher-earning person may be required to pay alimony -- or spousal support -- to the lesser-earning party.
If spousal support is awarded in your divorce proceedings, the alimony may fall into one of the following three categories:
Transitional alimony: This is a temporary form of alimony meant to serve as a bridge so that the lesser-earning spouse can receive extra money to help with living expenses while he or she gets settled as an independently earning and self-supportive person.
Rehabilitative alimony: This is another kind of temporary alimony designed to assist the lesser-earning spouse to obtain education or training that allows him or her to earn a higher, more self-supporting income.
Alimony in futuro: This alimony refers to spousal support that doesn't have a specific end date. This is the rarest kind of alimony to be awarded, but it could be in situations where the couple had a long-term marriage that lasted many years.
Which kind of alimony would be most appropriate for your divorce circumstances? A Clarksville divorce lawyer can help you determine whether spousal support could be awarded in your particular divorce proceedings. He or she can also help you determine how much alimony can be received and for how long the payments will likely need to be made.