Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a regular payment one spouse might make to another to provide financial assistance during or after a divorce. An award of alimony is a lot rarer these days than in the past, but in circumstances where one spouse might have been out of the workforce during the course of the marriage, the other spouse might need to pay spousal support until that spouse finds employment and becomes self-sufficient.
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Under Oklahoma law, the court may order temporary or long-term spousal support, called “spousal maintenance,” which is paid during the divorce proceeding and up until the final judgment of divorce. However, alimony may also be awarded during the divorce to be paid in one lump sum or in installments. In order to determine whether or not a spouse needs spousal support, the court will look at the spouses’ circumstances, consider the needs of each spouse, and consider the ability of the supporting spouse to pay. Likewise, the court will consider the length of the marriage and each spouse’s ability to be self-supporting.
Temporary maintenance, as it sounds, lasts only as long as the divorce is pending. It ends when the court issues the final divorce decree. However, long-term payments will depend on what the court finds reasonable in the situation. However, the payments will automatically end after the death of the supported spouse or the remarriage of the supported spouse, unless the supported spouse files a motion within 90 days of the date of remarriage and can show support is still needed.
If you’re concerned about whether or not you may receive or pay spousal support during a divorce, discuss your circumstances with our experienced Tulsa divorce attorney. Attorney Mary R. Bundren has extensive experience in litigation and in negotiations, which she can apply to your case. Our firm is committed to helping our clients achieve their family law goals, and we are familiar with the complexity of this type of law. Let us see how we can help.
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