Experienced Help With Spousal Support Matters
Alimony, commonly referred to as spousal support, allows men and women to protect their financial standing after a divorce. Not all divorces end with alimony, however, and it is important to determine whether alimony is appropriate. In order to understand your rights, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
I’m Gene Barton, a family law attorney with 42 years of experience in addition to my own personal experience going through a divorce. I focus on pursuing the best possible outcomes for my clients in the Chickasaw County area and have a well-deserved reputation as the “Bulldog of Mississippi.”
As part of the court decision in 1994 that changed property division laws, alimony laws were also changed. If one spouse is at a significant disadvantage in the division of assets, the courts will consider alimony to create more equitable circumstances and to maintain a similar lifestyle after the divorce.
Types Of Alimony In Mississippi
The type of alimony that may be ordered or granted depends on the circumstances of the parties in the divorce. A number of factors will be considered, primarily the length of the marriage, fault, disparity in incomes, disparity in education and disparity in employment.
There are three different types of alimony that are legally recognized in Mississippi:
- Lump sum alimony is one large settlement and is not modifiable or treated as income for tax purposes.
- Periodic alimony terminates when the receiving spouse is remarried and can be modified over time.
- Rehabilitative alimony is paid for a defined period with the goal of assisting a dependent spouse as he or she pursues an education or career in order to support him or herself.
What type of alimony is most likely in your situation? I will thoroughly analyze your circumstances and counsel you on your options whether you are seeking alimony as part of your divorce settlement or you want to avoid being required to provide alimony payments after your divorce.