Salt Lake City Alimony Attorneys
Results-Oriented & Client-Focused Spousal Support Lawyers
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 rarer and trending toward a shorter amount of time, these agreements still happen. At Lokken & Putnam, P.C., we work to get our clients fair alimony payments that help them maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed during the marriage. Our Salt Lake City alimony attorneys serve clients in Cottonwood Heights and throughout Utah.
What You Need to Know About Alimony
A judge will decide the alimony amount paid and the 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.
Factors that help determine alimony amount and length include:
- The 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 & 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.
The courts may modify an alimony order if:
- The alimony payer lost their job or had their wages reduced
- An illness 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 in Salt Lake City
Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge needed to parse financial documents and prove the need for alimony. We are passionate about helping Utahns get the financial support they need while ensuring that no spouse overpays in alimony.
Call us at (801) 829-9783 to request a consultation with a spousal support lawyer in Salt Lake City.
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