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Lexington County Alimony Lawyer

Alimony, or spousal support, can be awarded to either spouse during a divorce in South Carolina. This is a hotly contested issue, and in order for the award to be fair, it is essential to work with a qualified lawyer in order to accurately establish your marital assets and debts.

Types of Alimony in South Carolina

  • Permanent spousal support is when a court orders one spouse to make maintenance payments for the remainder of his or her spouse's life.
  • Temporary alimony can be awarded during the required one-year separation. In addition, depending on your circumstances, a judge might order installment payments for a set number of years, but not for life.
  • A lump sum alimony payment is a one-time payment of money to a former spouse, and requires no further financial support after that time.
  • Rehabilitative alimony is when a temporary spousal support designed to help one spouse adjust to the new circumstances and establish his or her income after a divorce. These orders have specific plans and purposes for achieving goals and payment end dates.

Factors Influencing Spousal Support Orders

Unlike child support, there is no set formula for spousal support. However, there are numerous factors that might influence an alimony award, including:

  • Duration of marriage
  • Age of spouses at time of marriage and at separation
  • Health
  • Each spouse's educational background
  • Employment history, ability to earn income and earning potential
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Current and anticipated salary of both spouses
  • Marital and non-marital property held by each spouse
  • Child custody
  • Instances of adultery
  • Tax consequences
  • Prior support obligations

The above is by no means an exhaustive list. The court may consider many additional factors when ruling on spousal support. My law firm can help you assess the unique aspects of your situation and provide legal advice on issues of alimony.

Columbia Spousal Support Attorney

Located in Lexington, South Carolina, the Law Office of Jim O'Connor represents family law clients throughout the greater Columbia area. Contact my firm to schedule a free initial consultation with a Lexington County alimony attorney.

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