Results-Oriented Attorneys For Alimony

Alimony is a legal agreement in which a divorcing or separating spouse pays a set amount of money for a limited time to another spouse. While alimony is becoming more rare and trending toward a shorter amount of time, these agreements still happen. At Lokken & Associates, P.C., we work to get our clients fair alimony payments that ensure the continuation of their lifestyles. Our Salt Lake City law firm helps clients throughout Utah with alimony agreements and modifications.

What You Need To Know About Alimony

A judge will decide the alimony amount paid and length of time based on the needs and ability of the spouse. Unlike child support, there is no alimony calculator and a judge has flexibility over the final decision. While women have been traditionally favored, either person in a marriage can receive alimony. Ex-spouses in an annulled marriage do not qualify for alimony.

Several factors determine alimony amount and length, including:

  • Ability of a spouse to earn income
  • A spouse's ability to pay
  • The length of the marriage
  • The spouse's lifestyle before divorce

Temporary alimony may be awarded while a divorce action is pending and long-term alimony can be a part of a final divorce decree. In Utah, an alimony order cannot last for a longer period of time than the length of the marriage.

Alimony Modifications And Termination

Changing an existing alimony order is difficult but possible. An ex-spouse must have significant changes in their circumstances for the court to consider modification. If the receiving or paying party passes away, alimony payments will stop. The receiving party will also stop receiving payments if they remarry or cohabitate with another partner.

Here are a few reasons why the courts may modify an alimony order:

  • The alimony payer lost their job or had their wages reduced.
  • A sickness or disability prevents the payer from working.

  • The receiving ex-spouse had an increase in income.

If your alimony payments are underpaid or unpaid, our attorneys can help you enforce the order and fight to get you fair compensation.

Talk To A Knowledgeable Alimony Lawyer

Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge needed to parse financial documents and prove the need for alimony. Call us at 801-924-9211 or send us an email to schedule your consultation. Hablamos Español. Falamos Português.