Can you get spousal support? What is it?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2021 | Alimony

In Oklahoma, divorcing people have an option to ask for spousal support. It comes in two forms. These include spousal maintenance, which supports the individual temporarily until the final divorce judgment, and alimony, which is ordered as a part of the final divorce judgment.

Spousal support that is ordered by the court is paid either in a lump sum or in regular installments.

How long does spousal support last?

Spousal support lasts different lengths of time for different couples. The length of the payment is based on numerous factors, such as how long you were married, how much money each person earns, remarriage or death. Permanent alimony is possible, but it is not as common as temporary alimony. Most temporary alimony has the goal of giving one spouse more financial support while they work on their own financial security.

Can you modify alimony once it has been ordered?

Yes, there are times when alimony modifications makes sense. For example, if the person receiving alimony moves into a home with a fiancé or new partner, then they may need less support or no longer qualify for support. Changes in careers may also influence how much alimony is or is not necessary.

If you want to modify an existing order, you will need to show that a significant change in income has occurred or that your living situation now varies from how it was at the time of your divorce.

Does everyone get spousal support during divorce?

Not everyone who wants it will receive spousal support in the form of maintenance or alimony. However, if you have sat down and looked at your budget and found that you do need financial support, then it’s not a bad idea to ask about alimony and the options you have to make your financial circumstances more secure.

Spouses who stayed home with children or supported their partner’s careers may need more help, and that’s okay. They should have the opportunity to seek that compensation through alimony and spousal maintenance, so that they can find new housing and have the necessities despite having to go through a divorce.