When one spouse makes significantly more than the other, the spouse making less may be entitled to financial support. Numerous factors are involved in determining whether a spouse is entitled to support, how much that support should be and how long support should continue.
Post-separation support is the support received by a spouse after the date of separation and before an absolute divorce is granted and is temporary.
Alimony is support given from one spouse to another to continue after the date of absolute divorce. Your state's laws governs the factors that the Court willconsider when deciding to award alimony. For example, marital misconduct is a factor that the Court can consider when choosing to award support.
Be sure that you have gathered all of your financial documents, such as pay stubs for the last 12 months, tax returns for the last three years, and bank statements for the last 12 months. Your attorney will probably ask you for many other financial documents, but these will get you started.
Because the law is broad and the facts are varied, having an attorney is essential to maintaining a solid financial future. Make sure that your attorney understands your financial needs and knows as many facts as possible regarding your marriage. These will be important in preparing your case, whether it is to be settled or resolved in Court.
Documents You Need to Gather
Below is a list of some documents that you should gather to help your lawyer represent you. These need to be organized by type of document and by date (chronological order). If there is something in the documents of particular importance, put a post-it note on it (or some other way of marking it without writing on the document itself).
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