Alimony & Spousal Support
We help in spousal support disputes in and around Little Rock, Arkansas.
In Arkansas, some judges will award one spouse financial support for a determined amount of time, usually no longer than three to five years following a divorce. This support is what most people think of as alimony. It is referred to in Arkansas courts as spousal support or rehabilitative support.
Whether or not a spouse receives an order for support will depend on the spouse’s financial need and the other party’s ability to pay. An award of spousal support is highly discretionary, and a judge will often grant support for only a set length of time. It is intended to allow the spouse requesting the support to get back on their feet and find a job that will allow them to support themselves.
Before awarding spousal support, a judge will consider lifestyle and shared standard of living before the divorce. This is common when one spouse was the breadwinner and the other spouse does not have the same earning potential. A divorced spouse with permanent disability may receive permanent support.
It can be difficult to predict when a judge will order spousal support. It is completely within a judge’s discretion and depends upon the particular facts of each case. One guideline set out in Administrative Rule 10 states that, in divorces where child support is awarded, a court may award 20% of the payor’s net take-home pay as spousal support on top of the award of child support.
Along with this guideline, courts also consider the following factors:
This list is not exhaustive.
Spousal support can mean the difference between struggling financially through a divorce or living comfortably at your past standard of living. If you are on the other side, it can mean a significant difference in the amount of money you are required to pay your spouse during the divorce and also after the divorce is finalized.
The attorneys at Destiny Law Firm routinely deal with spousal support issues. We will guide you through the process of filing for support, presenting evidence of your need for support at the temporary and/or final hearing in your divorce proceeding, and making sure you understand the process along the way. We are also experienced in seeking modifications to existing support obligations. Contact us today to get started.Let Destiny Take Control. Contact Us Today.