Many of those preparing for divorces in St. Charles come to us here at Turken & Porzenski LLC expecting to be entitled to alimony. Like them, you may be disappointed to hear that alimony is not guaranteed in divorce cases. Rather than being a punitive obligation placed on your soon-to-be ex-spouse, alimony is simply meant to provide you with support until you remarry or are able to secure gainful employment. The type of alimony awarded can even differ from case-to-case.
There are generally four types of alimony awarded in divorce cases:
- Temporary alimony
- Permanent alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Reimbursement alimony
Temporary alimony is typically only meant to cover the cost of your divorce proceedings. With a rehabilitative alimony order, your ex-spouse is required to support you up until you can secure a job that supports a similar standard of living to the one you enjoyed while married (per Section 452.335 of Missouri’s Revised Statutes, that living standard does not necessarily need to be equal to that achieved during your marriage). If, for whatever reason, you are unable to embark on a career to support yourself, permanent alimony may be ordered up until the time you remarry or pass away. Reimbursement alimony is only ordered when you paid for your ex-spouse to complete schooling or vocational training. In such a case, he or she may be required to pay an equal amount back to you.
The factors used to determine whether or not you may receive alimony include the length or your marriage, your current financial situation and your ability to secure employment. If you are determined to be fit to work, the law does assign you a duty to seek employment while you are receiving alimony. You can learn more about the guidelines regulating alimony and maintenance by further exploring our site.