When you file for a divorce, you have many practical concerns to address. Various aspects of your life require a detailed outline in your settlement, such as custody arrangements, property division and monetary matters.
Understanding alimony is an essential component of navigating the divorce process.
What is alimony?
Alimony refers to payments from one spouse to another as part of a divorce agreement. Delaware laws regarding these payments work to protect financially dependent spouses. If you lack sufficient funds or cannot currently support yourself, the court may award alimony.
What situations qualify for alimony?
Several factors contribute to the determination of financial support. A court looks at:
- Your earning capacity
- Your ability to meet reasonable needs following the divorce
- Your contribution to the marital estate and your spouse’s success
- Your custody arrangement
- Your age and physical health
- Your marriage length
How long do you receive alimony?
After a court finds that you require financial assistance, a judge awards alimony based on your unique circumstances, the amount and duration depend on many elements.
If you currently work, you may receive temporary support to give you time to adjust to a one-income household. Or, a judge may award rehabilitative support to provide you with the funds you need to get an education or job training. You can receive this type of alimony for a maximum of half the length of your marriage.
If you are unable to become self-supporting, a court may award permanent alimony. However, this type of support is rare and requires a marriage of 20 years or more.
After a divorce, you need sufficient income to pay your bills. It is essential to understand Delaware’s laws regarding alimony to ensure a fair settlement.