Trustworthy Alimony Lawyers in Knoxville, TN Provide Reliable Advice
Knoxville attorneys well-versed in Tennessee divorce and alimony law
When a couple gets divorced, one spouse may request that the other spouse pay money for support. If one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, or if one has given up career opportunities for the marriage, or fallen ill, the economically disadvantaged spouse may need support to keep a reasonable standard of living. Determining if alimony should be granted, the courts consider many factors, including:
When determining if alimony should be granted, the courts consider many factors, including:
Alimony in Tennessee
Alimony can arise from an agreement of the parties or can be ordered by the court. The court may (but does not have to) order temporary or permanent support. Temporary alimony is usually just for the period of time the divorce is waiting to be heard or ordered. The court will listen to testimony from the spouses and others, and will decide on an amount and duration for alimony. The most important factor the court must take into consideration is the ability of one party to pay and the requesting party's need.
Short-term (post-divorce) alimony is preferred by Tennessee law and is often given to allow a spouse to improve his or her employment opportunities (i.e., to let the spouse go back to school or get job training) or to allow time to make the economic transition from married life to single life. Permanent alimony (until death of a party or remarriage of the recipient) is reserved for special cases, often involving significant disability or very long-term marriages (generally more than twenty years).
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The attorneys at Sobieski, Messer & Associates handle alimony matters for clients in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas. We have fixed hourly rates. Our office is conveniently located in Historic Downtown Knoxville, close to Market Square and within walking distance of the state and federal courthouses. Call 865.223.5586 or contact us online for more information.