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Alimony/Spousal Support

Alimony/Spousal Support

Types Of Alimony In Tennessee

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is payment from one ex-spouse to the other following a divorce. It is a tool that allows both spouses comparable and equitable lifestyles in their separate lives. Under the most recent Tennessee divorce laws, alimony is awarded in one of four classifications depending on the circumstances of divorce, the financial resources available and the need for financial support. The four classifications are as follows:

  • Alimony in futuro — Substantial long-term spousal support, usually awarded to a spouse ending a long-term marriage in which he or she assumed a more domestic role and/or was fully or mostly supported by the other spouse for the majority of the duration of the marriage
  • Alimony in solido — Alimony given in a lump-sum payment to offset inequalities in earning. Tennessee alimony law allows for this type of spousal support to be combined with one of the others, if appropriate
  • Rehabilitative alimony — Funds paid from one spouse to the other to be used toward training or education that will increase the disadvantaged spouse’s earning capacity in the long term
  • Transitional alimony — Payments for a shorter length of time, typically awarded following marriages of shorter duration, that allows the disadvantaged spouse a number of months in which to achieve personal financial stability

At the Stover Law Group, we can help you resolve alimony issues and move forward with your life after divorce.

Factors That Affect Spousal Support In Tennessee

When determining whether an alimony award is appropriate following a divorce and if so, how much, the court is influenced by the following factors:

  • Each spouse’s financial resources, needs and obligations
  • Each spouse’s current income
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • The duration of the marriage and the standard of living to which the couple had become accustomed
  • Each spouse’s physical and mental fitness to work
  • The age and education level of each spouse
  • The child care responsibilities of a parent with child custody
  • Each spouse’s separate assets
  • The grounds for divorce/fault
  • Any other relevant factors that demonstrate equity or inequity between the spouses

As an experienced Nashville family lawyer who has handled hundreds of alimony cases in more than a decade, William H. Stover is well-prepared to help you secure alimony for yourself, ensure a Tennessee alimony order against you is fair and reasonable or modify an existing alimony order.


For more information about the Stover Law Group, call us at 615-613-0541 or contact us online to schedule a free initial phone consultation. We represent clients in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Gallatin, Shelbyville and Lebanon.

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