When a couple gets divorced, there are some situations in which one of the spouses may be eligible for spousal support or alimony. These payments serve the purpose to assist one the spouse with the lower income in supporting them financially until they are able to support themselves. While this may not be the case for every divorce, it is one of the first questions that many people who are ending their marriage ask when they come in and speak to me.

In some situations alimony is granted. It can last for only a few years or as long as until the person making payments retires. However just like every marriage is different, so is every divorce. Whether or not you receive alimony payments all depends on the specific facts of your case. Marriages that have lasted several decades are much different in terms of divorce as those that have only lasted a year or two. Some couples who have only been married for a small number of years and want to get divorced wonder if they are eligible to make or receive alimony payments.

The truth of the matter is, the court will likely deny your request for alimony if you were in a short-term marriage. However, if you believe that you really, truly need spousal support you may petition this option to the court. If you are considering a divorce and you are hoping to obtain spousal support, you should speak with an experienced divorce and family law attorney today.

Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC serves Sussex, Morris, and Bergen County with quality legal services regarding divorce and family law matters. If you need experienced representation and effective counsel, contact our Sparta office for a free consultation.