Birmingham Alimony and Spousal Support Attorneys

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

slider1-300x152“Spousal maintenance” is the term applied in Alabama to what is commonly referred to as alimony or spousal support. Spousal maintenance is most often awarded by a court in a divorce that follows a long-term marriage in which an individual spouse provided the primary source of income.

The Birmingham alimony attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates can help you understand your rights about seeking or negotiating alimony or spousal support. Please call us at 205-545-7475 to schedule your personal divorce consultation.

Factors in Determining Spousal Maintenance

Spousal financial support following a divorce is determined on an individual basis. Considerations of the court in awarding spousal maintenance include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s income and earning potential
  • A spouse’s service as a homemaker and/or parent
  • The standard of living during marriage
  • Financial assets of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s age
  • Each spouse’s mental and physical well-being

Unlike child support in Alabama, there is no formula for assessing the amount of spousal maintenance. Financial spousal support is awarded case-by-case at the discretion of the court, which is why it’s important to contact an experienced Alabama alimony lawyer to help protect your best interests.

Types of Spousal Maintenance

The court can award different forms of spousal maintenance. In some cases, spousal maintenance is short-term and is meant to help one spouse who is preparing to re-enter the workforce; temporary spousal support may also be awarded to a partner for cost-of-living expenses during divorce proceedings.

Periodic spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, may be awarded following long marriages in which one spouse gave up a career to care for the family and home. When assessing regular spousal maintenance payments, the court will consider the needs of the partner seeking support as well as the other spouse’s financial circumstances.

If you’re preparing for divorce in which alimony or spousal support may be an issue, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates today to arrange your consultation with our Birmingham alimony attorneys. We welcome clients from Birmingham, Alabama, and throughout Jefferson and Shelby counties.