Omaha Alimony Lawyers
Spousal Support Attorneys in Nebraska
Alimony, or the more common term spousal support, is money that is paid
by one spouse for the benefit of the other spouse in a dissolution of
marriage. The purpose of alimony is to provide financial assistance to
the lower-earning or non-earning spouse while they take the necessary
steps to become self-supporting following a divorce. In cases where the
supported spouse cannot become financially independent because of advanced
age or disability, a judge may order alimony for an extended period of
time. An award of spousal support can be temporary, permanent (rare circumstances),
paid monthly, or paid in a lump sum payment (rare circumstances).
If you are seeking a fair spousal support award,
Hathaway Law Group, P.C. L.L.O. can help. Our Omaha alimony attorneys have extensive experience handling
spousal support cases and can help you fight for the outcome you deserve.
(402) 503-3088 or
contact us online for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Determining Alimony in Nebraska
Spousal support is dependent upon the facts of a marriage and awarded on
a case by case basis. Either spouse, regardless of gender, can request
alimony during a dissolution of marriage. To obtain an alimony award,
the requesting spouse must prove to the court that they have a need for
financial support and that the other party has the ability to make spousal
support payments. If the court rules that alimony is appropriate in a
particular case, it will consider several factors to determine the amount
and duration of the payments.
A few factors taken into consideration when determining alimony include:
- The length of the marriage
- The economic circumstance of each spouse
- Each spouse’s economic and non-economic contributions to the other
- Whether one or both spouses interrupted educational or career opportunities
during the marriage
- The ability of the supported spouse to engage in gainful employment without
interfering with the needs of the couple’s children
Unlike when determining
child support in Nebraska, there is no specific formula for calculating spousal support.
Rather, judges seek a fair resolution that ensures the receiving spouse
has the support they need until they become self-supporting.
In some situations, alimony is modifiable if the conditions warrant and
such actions are not prohibited by agreement or law. If the couple made
a written agreement stating that they will not modify alimony later, then
modification may not be permitted to alter the terms of the spousal support.
If there is no such agreement and the court does not deny a review, either
spouse can ask the court to modify the amount or duration of alimony payments.
The requesting spouse must demonstrate a good cause for a modification
– this typically means that one or both parties have experienced
a substantial change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or a
significant promotion that may be relatable to the marriage.
Obtain Qualified Legal Counsel
Whether you are seeking alimony or being asked to pay alimony, Hathaway
Law Group, P.C. L.L.O. can assist you in obtaining a fair resolution.
Join us for a free consultation to discuss the right path forward for
your specific situation.
Our Omaha alimony lawyers remain accessible to you throughout the entirety
of your case. Call
(402) 503-3088 today to discuss your rights and options.