Alimony Lawyers in Mississippi
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Once the division of marital property has been determined, the court may consider alimony. John Robert White, PA offers legal representation from an experienced Mississippi divorce attorney knowledgeable about alimony law.
Types of Alimony
When equitably divided assets are sufficient to provide for each party, no alimony is awarded. However, if one party is left deficient after property distribution, alimony is considered. A Mississippi alimony lawyer from our firm can provide personalized legal advice based on your unique situation.
The four types of alimony available under Mississippi law include:
- Periodic Alimony – This provides the receiving spouse with a steady stream of income for an indefinite period of time. This type of alimony terminates if the receiving spouse marries or the paying spouse dies. Periodic alimony can be modified by increasing, decreasing, or terminating the award upon an order of the court.
- Lump Sum Alimony – This type of alimony is not subject to modification unless one party has committed fraud. Lump sum alimony is intended to be an equalizer between parties. It may be payable in a single lump sum or fixed periodic installments. If the paying spouse dies before payment is completed, the remaining amount becomes an obligation of the paying spouse’s estate.
- Rehabilitative Alimony – One party may receive support for a fixed time for the purpose of allowing that party to work toward becoming self-supporting. The purpose is to allow the recipient to start anew. Rehabilitative alimony may be modified by increasing, decreasing, or terminating the award.
- Reimbursement Alimony – This type of alimony is available to a party who has supported a spouse in obtaining training or education which has the possibility for future earnings, but has not produced substantial property for division.
The type and amount of alimony varies depending on the situation. Let a Mississippi divorce attorney from our firm evaluate your situation and help you effectively present your case to the court.
Factors Considered in Awarding Alimony
The court must consider whether alimony should be awarded, the type of alimony to award, and the amount of alimony paid from one spouse to another. The court evaluates twelve factors when making decisions regarding alimony awards.
The factors to consider when awarding alimony include:
- The income and expenses of each party
- The health and earning capacity of each party
- The financial needs of each party
- Obligations and assets of each party
- Length of the marriage
- Presence or absence of minor children in the home
- Age of the parties
- The standard of living during the marriage
- Fault or misconduct of each party
- Tax consequences
- Wasteful use of the assets during the marriage
- Other factors determined by the court
As your Mississippi alimony attorney, we help our clients avoid letting emotions or the heat of a legal battle cloud your judgment. We carefully evaluate your case and help you choose the option that will allow you to move forward to a financially secure future.
Take the first step toward your new life by calling (601) 675-4308 for your initial consultation.