DETERMINED REPRESENTATION TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
A divorce disrupts a couple’s financial planning and forces them to re-evaluate how they are going to make ends meet, now and in the future. In many divorces, the issue of alimony arises because one spouse is not prepared to live independently. Without alimony, divorce could unjustly enrich a high-earning spouse while reducing a dependent spouse to severe financial hardship. On the other hand, excessive alimony could unfairly punish the paying spouse while giving a windfall to the recipient. At WalshLaw, I fight on behalf of my clients for fair alimony awards that fit their financial situations. For more than 15 years, I have provided zealous advocacy to safeguard my clients’ financial future. If you are going through a divorce, I’m ready to fight for you.
In general, alimony is an order for one spouse to pay support to another. However, the court can take into account a variety of circumstances to award support for various purposes:
The court can order a combination of these types of alimony as appropriate. An alimony order has the force of law behind it, so a willful failure to pay subjects the supporting spouse to any number of enforcement actions, including jail for contempt of court.
Tennessee Code § 36-5-121 lists 12 factors that courts must consider when making an alimony decision. These include:
You will notice Fault comes last, and may or may not matter one bit. The bottom line on alimony usally comes down to two contested factors: one spouse's financial need and the other spouse's ability to pay. Whether you want to avoid paying alimony or maximize the amount you receive, you must have an attorney who can make a compelling presentation to the court, highlighting all pertinent facts and applying them cogently to the relevant factors, while sticking to the bottom line.
If you are going through a divorce, alimony is one of the most important factors impacting your financial future. WalshLaw provides honest counsel and zealous advocacy in pursuit of fair alimony orders. To schedule a consultation, call 615-915-0760 or contact my Nashville office online. My office is located at 4535 Harding Pike, just west of White Bridge Pike and Woodmont Boulevard.