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Spousal Support

Alimony Can Be Decided At The Court’s Discretion

In Tennessee, the courts determine whether one spouse must pay support to the other following a divorce. When doing so, a judge will take a number of factors into account. One important consideration is the disparity between the financial situations of the two parties. Each spouse’s earning ability, education level, age, physical condition, work history and independently owned assets are important concerns. The judge might also consider the relative fault of one or both parties in determining an alimony award.  The number and complexity of these many factors make it essential to hire a knowledgeable lawyer who can make sure you are represented fairly during support proceedings.

As the principal family law attorney at the Law Offices of Robert W. Sauser, I have assisted individuals in such cases for more than 35 years. Serving Chattanooga and throughout Hamilton County, I work closely with my clients and involve them in their cases. By coming to know my clients, I can better understand their goals — and better the chances of achieving them.

What Type Of Support Might I Receive?

Spousal support in Tennessee might be provided in one of five types:

  • Transitional alimony — A short-term support designed to help the economically disadvantaged spouse during the transition from married life to single life.
  • Alimony in solido A lump sum which might be paid all at once or over several installments.
  • Alimony in futuroLong-term financial assistance that lasts until death or the remarriage of the supported spouse. This is typically granted in recognition of a supported spouse’s substantial contribution to the marriage.
  • Rehabilitative alimony –Temporary assistance to help one spouse gain additional skills needed to earn a reasonable income.
  • Alimony pendente lite (pending litigation) – Short-term assistance awarded soon after a divorce is filed, and remaining in place only while the divorce is pending.

The duration and amounts of support vary greatly. I work hard to ensure my clients enter favorable agreements.

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If you would like to learn more about how the Law Offices of Robert W. Sauser can help, call 423-682-6798 for an appointment. You can also schedule a consultation through the online form.

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