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How Long Do I Pay Alimony in TN?

If you are ordered to pay alimony in Tennessee, it is natural to wonder how long you will have to pay it. The answer will depend on several factors.

Alimony is a very real part of many divorces in Tennessee, but not everyone receives it. There has to be an economically disadvantaged spouse for alimony to be considered. The most important factors for ordering alimony are one spouse’s need, and the other spouse’s ability to pay. If you are ordered to pay alimony, the length of time you are required to pay will depend on several factors, starting with the type of alimony ordered.

Types of Alimony

The length of time you will have to pay alimony will first depend on the type of alimony that is ordered. The types of alimony in Tennessee include:

The Duration of Alimony in Tennessee

The length of time you will have to pay alimony will typically depend on the length of the marriage, the ages of the spouses, the earning capacity of the spouses, and a number of other factors, in addition to some of the things stated previously, such as remarriage or death of the receiving spouse. If you are ordered to pay alimony, do not stop paying before the order of the court states that you can stop paying. Stopping payments before that time could result in repercussions from the court. If in doubt, consult a family law attorney.

A Tennessee Family Lawyer Can Answer Your Alimony Questions

If you are wanting to file for a divorce, you likely have many questions about alimony. I am Judy A. Oxford, Attorney at Law, a Franklin family lawyer, and I will work hard to try to provide answers to your questions about the divorce process in Tennessee. Call me today at (615) 791-8511 or fill out the online form to schedule a free initial consultation so we can discuss your case and move forward.