Property Division in Lieu of Alimony

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] Yesterday we talked about the interplay of alimony and property division. Often it can make sense to pay more alimony in exchange for a more favorable property division. Note the reverse can be true, in a sense – the court can adjust its property division to make up for the fact…

Alimony in Lieu of Property Division

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] Alimony and property division often intersect. One is an award from the CURRENT estate, and the other is an award from the FUTURE estate. Sometimes, the current estate is relatively modest, but one spouse has a substantial amount of “separate” property, not subject to being divided or awarded to the other…

Why Do We Have Alimony?

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] We’re looking at alimony this week. Historically, alimony was awarded as a recognition that the traditional role of the husband was to be the “breadwinner” outside the home, while the traditional role of the wife was to care for the home and/or the children. Women in general did not have the…

What is “Alimony”?

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] This week we’re going to explore the concept of “alimony”. We start with a basic definition – alimony is support (almost always money) paid by one spouse to the other. If you see references to “spousal support”, that’s alimony. You may occasionally see older references to “alimony for the support of…

What is a “Meretricious” Relationship, and Why Do I Care?

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] “Your Post-Divorce Compass” doesn’t tell you anything about dating or your social life after divorce. But if you receive alimony, you should be careful about just how far your new dating relationship might go. Most people know alimony goes away if the recipient remarries, but you may not know that alimony…