I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. After graduating from high school in 1966, I went... more
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. After graduating from high school in 1966, I went to Goucher College, a small liberal arts college in Baltimore, Maryland. I earned my undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1970. I moved to California in 1972. I earned my law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1976. After graduation, I moved to Alaska work as a law clerk for ... view profile
When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse after the divorce, the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments (also called spousal support) are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. A divorce lawyer who specializes in alimony knows what information you need to calculate alimony, and can also help if you feel your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony.