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Alimony is an economic support payment from one spouse to another. It is granted in cases with a separation agreement or divorce order that demands alimony payments. It can also be given if the court determines that one spouse must continue paying alimony in Utah, even when no written agreement exists.
At Carr | Woodall, our South Jordan alimony lawyers have been handling divorce issues for well over a decade and can aggressively represent you at the negotiation or mediation table as well as in the courtroom. Our goal is to help you achieve your legal objectives while providing sound advice based on your marital and financial history.
What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to another after a divorce. The amount and duration of alimony payments depend on many factors, including:
- How long the couple was married
- How much each spouse makes
- Whether they have children
Whether you seek alimony or contest it, you will need the trusted legal counsel of a family attorney who is well-versed in the laws regarding this matter and how it is handled in the local courts.
Protect Your Financial Future with a Fair Alimony Agreement
When going through a divorce, it's crucial to secure a fair and equitable alimony agreement to protect your financial future. Our experienced South Jordan alimony attorneys understand the complexities of Utah's alimony laws and can guide you through the process to ensure your rights are upheld.
Benefits of securing a fair alimony agreement include:
- Financial stability after divorce
- Ability to maintain your current standard of living
- Protection against unfair financial burdens
- Peace of mind knowing your future is secure
- Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances
At Carr | Woodall, we are dedicated to providing efficient and skilled family law representation to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you navigate the complexities of alimony in Utah.
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Do You Have to Pay Alimony in Utah?
In Utah, either spouse may request and be awarded alimony. In a pending divorce, temporary alimony may be granted, which may continue or be discontinued once the divorce is final. Typically, alimony is addressed after the distribution of marital property and debts are decided by the court. At that point, the court has a more thorough understanding of the financial conditions of the spouses as well as the standard of living they enjoyed while married.
The types of alimony that may be granted include:
- Temporary alimony while the divorce is being decided
- Temporary alimony after the divorce has been finalized to help a spouse transition into being single and gain the necessary training, education, or skills to become self-sufficient
- Long-term or lifetime alimony awarded in cases of lengthy marriages or where one party has substantial financial needs
How is Alimony Calculated in Utah?
Alimony is decided on a case-by-case basis and is awarded at the discretion of the court after reviewing many factors.
Factors that the court may assess in determining alimony include:
- The paying spouse’s financial ability to provide it
- Each spouse’s earning capacity
- The length of the marriage
- The custody arrangements
- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
- Whether one spouse contributed to the other’s training, education, or work skills
Once alimony has been awarded, you may seek modifications through the courts when a substantial change in circumstances has occurred.
What Happens if You Can't Pay Alimony?
If you have been ordered to pay alimony and fail to do so, the recipient spouse may file a motion requesting the court to enforce the alimony order, which could result in a judgement for past-due alimony. The court may also find you in contempt of court and order you to pay a fine or serve time in jail.
To discuss your alimony case, contact Carr | Woodall for a consultation at (801) 988-9400.
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