Nashville Attorney Lisa Ewing

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Alimony/Spousal Support for Stay-at-Home Parents
When a divorcing couple includes a homemaker or a spouse who has never worked, the issue of spousal support/alimony becomes more complex. It is more likely that the court will grant spousal support in these cases, but will it be fair to both parties?

Attorney Lisa Millican Ewing understands the concerns of divorcing spouses. She has professional and personal experience with divorce and spousal support. In addition, her experience as an accountant and business owner means that she is skilled at complex financial calculations. Please call the Nashville office of Ewing Law Office LLC at (615) 244-1582 or contact us online to schedule a no obligation initial consultation with a divorce attorney for nonworking spouses.

Spousal Support in Tennessee

In some marriages, one spouse chooses not to work in order to stay home and raise the children. In others, one spouse may work to support the education of the other, but stop working when the other spouse gets a job. This is not uncommon for the spouses of doctors, lawyers and other professionals. In these cases, the working spouse may have a high income while the nonworking spouse may have few or no job skills.

When determining spousal support, the court must consider, among other things, the ability of each party to support himself or herself after the divorce. Depending on the specifics of the case, the court may award spousal support to a nonworking spouse, or a spouse who works, but whose earnings are far less than those of the other spouse, in the following ways:

  • Transitional alimony — support is granted for a set number of years so the financially disadvantaged spouse can adjust to the economic consequences of divorce.
  • Rehabilitative alimony — support is granted to a spouse with little or no work history so he or she can obtain education or training to obtain a post-divorce standard of living similar to the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage or to the post-divorce standard of living expected to be available to the other spouse.
  • Alimony in futuro — support is granted until the receiving spouse remarries or passes away. This type of alimony is most often awarded when there is a long-term marriage and a spouse may be only partially rehabilitated or where rehabilitation is not feasible.
  • Alimony in solido — support that is granted to a spouse in lieu of or in addition to any other alimony award.

To ensure that you pay or receive spousal support that is fair, it is best to let an experienced divorce lawyer advocate for your rights.

Contact a Franklin Spousal Rights Attorney

To schedule a no obligation initial consultation, please call (615) 244-1582.