Divorce NewslettersAlimony: Periodic Spousal SupportAlimony, also called "spousal support," is common in many states. It is monetary support given to a dependent ex-spouse to maintain that ex-spouse's standard of living, as it existed during the marriage. Alimony also is given, regardless of the receiving spouse's sex, to compensate for faithful service provided as a homemaker, loss of employment opportunities and the foregone acquisition of skills for the sake of family, and sacrifices made during the marriage.
Impotence as Grounds for Annulment of MarriageIn some states, impotency can be grounds for annulment. If a spouse is physically impotent and the other spouse was unaware of the impotency prior to the marriage, the marriage can be voidable in some states. If a marriage was never consummated, this can constitute viable grounds for annulment. Impotency occurring after marriage is generally not in itself ground for annulment.
Lump Sum Spousal SupportSpousal support can be one of the most difficult issues to resolve in divorce. Spousal support, which is also referred to as alimony, involves an obligation by one spouse to make financial payments to the other spouse. Permanent spousal support involves the payment of support after a divorce is granted and until a further court ruling modifies or terminates the obligation. Permanent spousal support may be ordered in situations involving long-term marriages or in situations where one party cannot earn a living due to a disability or injury. Such spousal support can be paid in lump sum or on monthly basis.
Valuation of Marital Property in Divorce ProceedingsOne of the most critical parts of the property distribution process in divorce is ensuring that the marital assets have been properly valued. Either an overvaluation or an undervaluation of the spouses' marital property can prevent the parties from receiving their fair share when their assets are divided.
Valuation of Non-Economic Contributions with Respect to Property Division in DivorceThe concept of equitable distribution of marital property takes into consideration both economic and non-economic contribution of the spouses towards marital property acquisition. During divorce, all marital property is divided between the spouses according to the distribution scheme available in the state where the divorce occurs. Unequal division between spouses can result from factors such as the length of the marriage, the property brought to the marriage by each party, whether one party has substantial assets not subject to division, the parties' contributions to the marriage, and other factors. Spouses' non-economic contributions have become a major factor in the division of marital assets during divorce. Sometimes, they are mentioned as the "services rendered by a spouse." Non-economic contributions become a critical factor in cases where the contributing spouse does not work at all.
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