When two people are getting divorced it can be a financial burden on one or both parties. For a stay-at-home spouse, you suddenly go from having a breadwinning spouse who paid all the bills to having nothing. In every state, there are laws in place in order to protect both parties of a marriage from struggling unnecessarily after a marriage ends. If you and your spouse have been questioning whether or not a divorce is in your future, it may be beneficial to learn more about the different types of spousal support available.
Temporary Spousal Support
Temporary spousal support is issued while the divorce is still pending. It is intended to provide financial support to the spouse who makes less money. Once the divorce has been finalized, temporary spousal support payments end.
Reimbursement Spousal Support
Reimbursement spousal support means one spouse is ordered to repay the other spouse money the court believes the spouse is entitled to. If the reason your marriage is ending is because your spouse cheated on you and it is discovered that your spouse gave money to the person he or she was cheating with, the court could decide you are entitled to some (or all) of that money. In this example, a reimbursement spousal support would be issued to order your spouse to pay you back that money. Reimbursement spousal support may also be issued if it is decided that you (or your spouse) made a large purchase of his or her own money that would not have been made if he or she was not married.
Rehabilitative Spousal Support
Rehabilitative spousal support is similar to temporary spousal support. It is just issued after a divorce is finalized. The purpose of this spousal support is to provide the individual with the financial means he or she needs to get back on his or her feet. For example, if you are getting a divorce and keeping the children, the financial support is intended to help you provide for the children until you can get a job and get settled on your own.
Permanent Spousal Support
Permanent spousal support is when an individual is ordered to make payments to the individual they were married to until someone passes away or the person receiving the payments gets remarried. It is not uncommon for someone to not get married a second time just to avoid losing this financial support.
A judge is the only person who gets a say in what kind of spousal support (if any) you are entitled to. They will look at each person in the marriage individual and determine whether or not one spouse needs the support and whether or not the other can afford to pay it. Contact a law firm, such as Slayton Law, for more information.