Protecting your economic rights during divorce and separation
There is no denying that divorce is an emotionally difficult time. It can be very economically trying as well. Dependent spouses often feel trapped in bad marriages, simply because they feel they cannot afford to live on their own. However, they may be able to obtain a temporary or permanent award of spousal support to assist them in covering their monthly expenses. Salt Lake City spousal support lawyers can help spouses who are separated but not divorced obtain the financial support to which they are entitled. And through alimony payments, a knowledgeable and aggressive family law attorney from Intermountain Legal can help you secure economic peace of mind during and after divorce proceedings.
How alimony and spousal support work
Spousal support, also known as alimony, consists of court-ordered payments from one spouse to the other before, during and after a divorce. Unlike child support, which is based largely on statutory guidelines, alimony is a more subjective determination. As such, alimony lawyers in Salt Lake City are often able to settle this issue out of court. If litigation becomes necessary, the court considers numerous factors, primarily the requesting party’s need for financial support and the payor party’s ability to provide that support. The court may also consider the following factors:
- Financial condition
- Earning capacity
- Work history
- Length of the marriage
- Custody of minor children
- Contributions to the marriage
- Contributions to a marital business
Alimony is frequently one of the more contentious issues a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer must confront. And because it is so subjective and takes so many factors into consideration, it is beneficial to have a Salt Lake City alimony attorney argue on your behalf.
As a full-service family law firm, Intermountain Legal has represented clients on both sides of alimony and spousal support disputes. Hailey Black, our principal spousal support attorney in Salt Lake City, has handled both initial support and alimony requests as well as support and alimony modification cases. Our team understands the important issues and procedures in these types of cases and excels at providing effective advocacy and compassionate support to clients before, during and after divorce.
Call the firm for a free consultation about alimony and support issues
Our team at Intermountain Legal has the knowledge and experience to protect your interests throughout the divorce process — from separation to post-decree modification. As family law practitioners, we are sensitive to how emotionally difficult the divorce process can be. We listen to our clients, strive to understand their needs and to be supportive counselors and effective advocates throughout. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your family law matter.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit counties.