When the divorce process is complete and ex-spouses fall into new routines, life can finally begin to settle down. However, not all Tennesseans experience such smooth sailing; some even go through issues years after a marriage has ended.

One might think that child support is the major cause of contention post-divorce, yet alimony disputes can also drive a wedge into an otherwise easy separation. There are a few facts to know about the alimony process in Tennessee, as well as some useful tips on handling a difficult situation. 

State Laws

As Pocket Sense explains, Tennessee has no set framework for determining alimony. Courts may instead consider a range of factors to gauge the type of alimony needed, the appropriate amount and the duration of the plan. When it comes to state-specific steps, Tennessee courts first determine the type of alimony for the receiving spouse. For instance, transitional alimony applies to short periods of time to help the receiving spouse adjust to a new life. Rehabilitative alimony can allow for the receiving spouse to seek higher education, after which he or she will be better prepared to earn a sufficient salary. Section 36-5-121 of Tennessee Code outlines the steps required in determining the amount of alimony. Pocket Sense provides additional information on the varying details of an alimony plan. 

Alimony Types, Continued

LiveAbout notes that rehabilitative alimony is the most common route ex-spouses take, but that it may not be the best fit for everyone. For some, permanent spousal support may be necessary. This type of alimony continues until the death of the receiving spouse or the death of the payor. LiveAbout adds that this alimony can even continue after a recipient remarries. Reimbursement spousal support deals with the reimbursement of a specific expense incurred by one spouse. Much more fine print comes with these different plans, and Tennesseans may want to carefully consider each before moving forward.