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Alimony

Many factors are considered in awarding alimony

Alimony is financial support paid to a former spouse. There are different types of alimony in South Carolina. Permanent, periodic alimony is paid on a regular schedule overtime. It terminates on the death of either party or when the receiving spouse begins to cohabitate or decides to remarry. This alimony is modifiable based on a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.

Some spouses can choose to pay a lump sum alimony which is an agreed upon set amount. This can usually be paid in one payment or in a schedule of payments. Spousal support may be ordered pending a final divorce.

South Carolina law requires Family Courts to consider a number of factors in making a ruling on an alimony request such as:

  • Duration of the marriage, including the ages of spouses at time of marriage and at time of divorce,
  • Employment history and earning potential of each spouse,
  • Current and reasonably anticipated earnings of both spouses,
  • Current and reasonably anticipated expenses and needs of both spouses,
  • Physical and emotional condition of each spouse,
  • Educational background of each spouse together with need of each spouse for additional training or education in order to achieve that spouse’s income potential,
  • Marital and non-marital properties of each spouse,
  • Marital misconduct or fault of either spouse,
  • Custody of the minor children,
  • Existence and extent of support obligation from a prior marriage,
  • Tax consequences of support award.

Lauren Taylor is a Greenville SC Family Law Attorney who fights for clients in alimony disputes. Call 864-326-2888 today for a free consultation.