Birmingham Divorce Attorneys - FAQs

How is spousal support determined?

To award spousal support, or alimony, a court must find that one spouse has financial need and the other has the ability to pay.

Some factors the court will take into account when determining spousal support are:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s age and health
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • A spouse’s past service as a parent or homemaker
  • Both spouse’s future opportunities to gain income and assets
  • The needs of any dependent children of the couple
  • Any conduct by either spouse that contributed to the breakup of the marriage

What is the difference between contested and uncontested divorce?

A contested divorce occurs when neither party can agree on the terms and conditions of the divorce, in which case a judge will decide the terms and conditions. An uncontested divorce occurs when both parties agree on every term and condition of the divorce, whether settled outside the courtroom or through divorce mediation.

How is an annulment different from a legal separation?

A legal separation allows the spouses to live apart but still remain married, giving them a chance to work on their marital issues. An annulment, however, essentially deems the marriage invalid and it is as though it never existed in the eyes of the law.

Contact our Birmingham divorce lawyers today for more questions regarding divorce and family law.

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