How Spousal Maintenance Works in Alabama

How Spousal Maintenance Works in Alabama

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Spousal maintenance can be a strange thing in Alabama. There is no precise method that courts can use to determine payments and each case is examined differently based on the courts’ discretion. A few factors they consider include:

  • Each spouse’s income
  • Education levels
  • How long the couple was married
  • The health of each spouse
  • The quality of life during the marriage
  • And more

Some of these things are straight forward (each person’s income), but some aspects are a gray area (the quality of life during the marriage). This is why having an experienced lawyer is important. They know how to create persuasive arguments to help their clients.

How Flexible is Spousal Maintenance in Alabama?

Very flexible. Here are a few reasons why:

1) Temporary spousal maintenance awards are the standard, even though permanent spousal maintenance is an option. Plain and simple, it’s uncommon for a court to award permanent alimony and they’ll usually opt for temporary or long-term payments.

2) There’s no official payment schedule and courts decide it based on each case’s circumstances. Some people pay spousal maintenance weekly, others monthly.

3) Spousal maintenance can be modified due to life changes for either spouse. For example, if the spouse receiving payments starts earning a significantly larger income, the spousal maintenance can be modified or even completely eliminated. If a spouse gets married, spousal maintenance will usually end completely.

Call an Experienced Alabama Spousal Maintenance Lawyer Today

Attorney Daniel Chambers has dedicated his career to helping clients successfully resolve their various family law issues in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. He understands that spousal maintenance issues in a divorce proceeding can be complicated, and is personally available to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.

To discuss your alimony issues with a skilled Hoover, Alabama divorce lawyer, contact Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney-at-Law, PC, by calling 205-913-4057. You can also schedule your initial consultation by contacting Attorney Chambers online.

We have used Daniel Chambers for legal services on several occasions since 2007 with excellent results. He has assisted our family in each matter with a professional yet tenacious manner. He has always been upfront about possible outcomes and honest about how to appropriately deal with challenging situations. I have recommended him several times over and will continue to do so. He has been an incredible asset to have on our legal team and we have always been satisfied with the results.

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