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Don't be shy about requesting alimony during asset division

When the term alimony is thrown around, some aren't even sure what it means. To give some clarification, alimony is a term given to a scenario when one spouse pays the other regular sums of money after the divorce, usually because of an unfair division of actual and potential monies. While asset division is designed to be fair and equitable to both parties, sometimes factors make one person's post-divorce financial situation undesirable in relation to the other's position. That is where alimony comes in.

Some Miami marriages are very traditional in that one spouse keeps the home and rears the family while the other is responsible for being the bread-winner or the career-person. Over the term of a longer marriage, this can leave one spouse with more personal and career accomplishments than the other. Hence, alimony's purpose. Alimony is a set monetary amount that one spouse can receive if they feel they are getting the short-end of the stick financially.

This can be true of a financial situation in the short or long-term post-divorce. So since divorce decrees specify to each couples' situation, alimony can potentially be awarded in the short or long-term. If you feel like career accomplishments are left unbalanced after the end of a long-term marriage, it may be in your best interest to look into what alimony could do for you. Alimony is determined based on a variety of factors including the person's standard of living during the marriage.

Maybe you aren't sure if alimony is appropriate in your case of divorce. At The Law Office of David B. Mitchell, we have helped countless clients through the process of divorce and asset division. Many clients were in a situation where alimony was a part of their asset division. Discover if alimony is appropriate for your divorce decree.

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