Salt Lake City Alimony Attorney
Whether you chose to end your marriage after years of consideration or if your spouse surprised you when they suggested a divorce, the steps to legally separate your life together are difficult. One of the most complicated parts of that process is determining alimony. Very simply, alimony is the payment one former spouse makes to the other to allow both to live comfortably.
Under Utah state law, you should expect to continue a lifestyle similar to the one you had during your marriage after your divorce. Usually, that means that the spouse who makes more money is ordered to pay an amount to their former partner. Unlike child support, which is determined using an official table in Utah, alimony can vary widely depending on your income and spending habits.
That’s why it’s so important to have a practiced Utah attorney who knows how to handle alimony in Utah. At Christensen Law, we have ample experience helping Utah citizens navigate all the logistics of divorce. We’ll work with you to be sure your alimony is fair. The information on this page may answer some of your questions, but only a dedicated lawyer can tell you exactly how alimony will work for you. You can begin by meeting with us for a no-obligation consultation.
How Does Alimony in Utah Work?
Usually, the goal of alimony is to allow both former spouses to continue living at a similar “standard of living at the time of separation.” If your marriage was quite short, the court may instead set the standard of living by assessing your situation at the beginning of your marriage. Our alimony lawyers can advise you whether that may apply to you.
The amount of alimony you can expect to pay or receive can be confusing if you’re trying to understand it for the first time. You can’t reference a table, look up your income, and know exactly what to expect. Instead, you need a thorough accounting of both your former spouse’s and your own income, assets, debts, and expenses. That requires a lot of careful legwork, which we’re prepared to do.
Once you know both your income and your expenses, you can ask to receive the difference. So, if you usually spend about $3,000 a month, but only make $2,500, you can ask for $500 in alimony. The numbers could scale up or scale down, but under the law, you generally can’t successfully ask for more than your proven expenses.
Confusion and uncertainty can be cleared up with one good choice. You need a trustworthy Salt Lake City alimony lawyer. Our attorneys at Christensen Law can evaluate your divorce and explain to you the alimony options you have.
Your Alimony Options
During your divorce proceedings, you may be presented with alimony options that could be advantageous or disadvantageous to you. For example, you might trade some of your alimony payment for a share or for all some marital property, like your home or retirement accounts. We can look at the whole financial picture and tell you what would be best for you.
Alimony can be paid in lump sum or in monthly installments. We’ll figure out if it would be good for you to accept such an offer. When you hire Christensen Law, we’ll dedicate ourselves to finding out what’s in your interest. With full information at hand, you can feel confident about your alimony decisions.