Thoughtful Alimony Negotiation Or Litigation
Alimony is not automatic, but it is an important consideration and bargaining chip in many divorces. If your contested divorce goes to trial, it will be up to a judge. It may also be a component of negotiated settlements.
The experienced divorce attorneys of Rogers, Shea & Spanos will determine if alimony would likely apply, and work to protect your interests. We have represented the paying spouse or the recipient in determining appropriate spousal support.
Our Nashville law firm serves clients in Davidson County, Williamson County and surrounding Middle Tennessee. Call 888-521-9952 to schedule a confidential meeting to discuss alimony and all issues in your pending divorce.
Understanding Alimony in Tennessee
Changes in state law have brought alimony into the equation where it might not have previously applied. There are four main types:
- Periodic (permanent) alimony — commonly awarded in longer marriages where one spouse was the primary breadwinner and the other requires financial support to maintain an accustomed lifestyle after divorce
- Rehabilitative alimony — enabling the disadvantaged spouse to return to school or otherwise become self-supporting
- Transitional alimony — for a spouse who has employable skills but needs assistance to bridge the gap while recovering from the financial impact of divorce
- Lump sum alimony — cash consideration in a single payment at settlement, or over time, to equalize property division
The court considers many factors in determining spousal support: length of the marriage, age and health, education and earning capacity, disparity in current income, child-rearing contributions, and standard of living. Attorneys will also argue need and ability to pay.
Helen Sfikas Rogers brings 30 years of experience in settlements, mediation and litigation of Tennessee divorce. She is particularly knowledgeable about the role of alimony in complex property division. For example, if liquid assets are short, ongoing payments may enable one party to keep the house or retain ownership interest in a business. Attorney Rogers has been successful in obtaining alimony. As an example, she helped obtain a record alimony award of $25,000 per month, non-taxable, for her client.