While divorce may not seem like something that would be on the table for many couples, it does happen frequently. In fact, around 40 to 50 percent of US married couples end up getting divorced. Getting a divorce can be a challenge, especially if you are and your partner are parting on bad terms. During a divorce, splitting up property, coming to an agreement about child custody, and other issues can rear their heads. Alimony, in particular, can be difficult to agree on. If you are getting a divorce, here are three things that you should know about alimony.

What is Alimony

When it comes to alimony, there are a variety of misconceptions that many people have. Alimony is often referred to as spousal support and is paid by one spouse to the other after the marriage is legally over. It must be requested during the divorce proceedings. Alimony is granted when the spouse who is requesting it is able to prove that financial support is necessary. You and your spouse can reach an agreement beforehand or if this doesn't happen, a judge will determine alimony for you during the proceedings. Temporary alimony may also be given during the divorce proceedings.

Laws Can Vary

It is important to note that laws regarding alimony can vary from state to state. How long you have to pay alimony or how long you will receive it can vary depending on your agreement and on life changes. In many states, alimony comes to an end by a certain date set by a judge, the spouse receiving the alimony remarries, one of the spouses dies, there are changes such as retirement or an increase in income of the receiving party, and other situations. The amount of alimony granted is typically calculated using various factors such as the amount of time you were married as well as the income of both spouses.

A Lawyer Can Help

If you are having trouble coming to an agreement on alimony or you want to have it changed after your divorce is finalized, an alimony lawyer can help. For your situation, an alimony lawyer may decide to charge a flat fee. In general, it tends to be less expensive if you and your former spouse agree to any changes in alimony payments.

If you are having difficulty when it comes to your alimony agreement, contact an alimony lawyer for help.