Do You Really Need to Pay Alimony to Your Ex-Spouse After Your Divorce?

When you are going through a divorce, you might understandably want to not give much of anything to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. After all, you are parting ways, possibly due to a messy disagreement. Why would you want to give them anything after your divorce ends, then?

However, providing for an ex-spouse is a reality for many people who go through a divorce due to alimony or spousal support orders. In your own divorce, will you need to pay alimony and keep giving money to your ex long after you would rather forget them?

Determining Alimony Payments in Nevada

Each state has its own rules for alimony payments. Nevada is a little different, though, in that its set of rules to calculate alimony is fairly loose. For the most part, alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis and due to a family law court judge’s discretion.

The underlying question in all alimony cases remains, though: “Will the spouse of lesser income fall into hard times without alimony?” If the court has a reason to believe the spouse of lesser income cannot support themselves immediately or for the long run after the divorce, then alimony is likely. If there is reason to believe the spouse of lesser income could support themselves with some small lifestyle changes, then alimony might not be required.

For example, if you did not pursue a higher education or a career of your own to raise your children for 20 years, then you will likely be eligible for alimony in your divorce, given that all your household’s income was earned by your spouse. Plus, you would not be equipped with the means to earn your own gainful income afterwards. On the other hand, if both you and your spouse work full-time and have no kids, the court will probably hesitate to assign alimony, even if there is a large difference between one spouse’s income and the other’s.

You can discuss how alimony will be settled in your Nevada divorce by calling . SmartLaw is a full service family law firm that can help you with family law issues of all sorts. Contact our firm today to begin.