Alimony and Spousal Support
Resolving the Financial Impact of a Divorce
Divorce can have a huge financial impact on both parties. But, for the spouse with less income, or for the spouse who stayed home to take care of children and give up a career, divorce can be financially devastating. If you are the spouse who may end up paying alimony, it is not that the other party should not be paid alimony, but what is a fair amount of alimony. However, a big problem is that there is not enough money being earned to cover the expenses of two homes; if a family was just covering his or her expenses when living under one roof, it becomes much harder now to support two households with the same income.
Alimony, or spousal support, takes on several forms and is intended to provide the spouse with less income with enough money to cover living expenses following divorce. Alimony can be awarded on a temporary or long-term basis. Attorney David Yokel is an alimony attorney based in Greenville. He has more than 35 years of experience handling this contentious issue and achieving positive outcomes.
Determining Alimony in a South Carolina Divorce
There are no rules or set standards in determining how much alimony should be paid, if any. When determining how much spousal support should be paid and how long the payments should last, the court will consider a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
- The length of the marriage
- The ability to pay
- The actual need
- The age of each spouse
- Each spouse's health
- And many other factors
Modifying or Enforcing Existing Orders
Alimony can be modified if either party has experienced a significant change in circumstances that requires an increase, decrease or termination of payment. Such a modification can only be granted by the court so acting unilaterally without the consent of the other party can have devastating effects such as inviting a contempt action for violating the specific provisions of the order granting support. David Yokel can help you with all aspects of either modification or enforcement.