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Temporary Alimony: When is it used

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Temporary alimony is no different from regular alimony, except for the timeline under which it is paid out. Temporary alimony is often used to bridge the gap in the time between when a couple separates and when a divorce is final. However, this form of alimony should not be confused with bridge-the-gap alimony, which begins after the divorce is finalized.

In most cases, a spouse is not required to start making alimony payments until his or her divorce case is finalized. Unfortunately, divorce cases can go on for weeks, months, or even years. During this time, a spouse who is not working or is only working part-time could have a very difficult time making ends meet and keeping up with mortgage payments and other costs.

With this problem in mind, temporary alimony was created. The determination as to whether or not a person needs to pay alimony temporarily is based on need. In other words, does the person who is asking for temporary alimony need the money in order to meet his or her reasonable and necessary living expenses? Additionally, does the person who is being asked to pay the temporary alimony have the ability to give away this money while also taking care of his or her own necessary living expenses? If the answer to both questions is “yes,” then that forms the basis for temporary alimony.

In most instances people who qualify for temporary alimony will also qualify to receive permanent alimony or longer-term alimony. Even if the final amount is not quite as high, there is a good chance the other spouse will still be required to pay something each month.

In conclusion, essentially, temporary alimony payments are only needed in cases where one spouse cannot support himself or herself financially while the divorce case is in progress.

This article is for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this article as a legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances, and you should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. Publication of this article and your receipt of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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