Alimony Appellate Attorney

The law of alimony, also referred to as "spousal support," has been in flux for some time now. Appeals challenging the "alimony reform act" continue to rewrite the law. The alimony law that applies to a specific case depends on many factors, including the date of the original alimony or spousal support order.

Newer alimony laws provide more "terms" for payment and more options for termination. For example, there can be:

  • General term alimony based on the length of the marriage.

  • Rehabilitative alimony for a spouse expected to support themselves by a predictable time.

  • Reimbursement alimony to make up the costs that the ex-spouse paid to help the paying spouse, such as for education or job training.

  • Transitional alimony to help the ex-spouse settle into a new lifestyle or location as a result of the divorce.

Newer alimony laws provide more "terms" for interruption or termination, such as cohabitation or reaching retirement age. Such provisions are reviewable, not concrete.

But the fundamental question remains, is alimony appropriate and, if so, how much and for how long? The answer is typically very fact intensive, can include a battle of expert opinions, and requires a keen attention to detail. The ramifications are typically far reaching for everyone involved.

Determining the appropriate term and amount of alimony becomes more complicated when an alimony obligation is merged with a child support obligation. Alimony and child support have opposing tax effects.