In the world of divorce, there are many avenues that you must take before you get to the end of the road. Those avenues typically involve property division, child support, child custody, and alimony. Alimony has been a topic of controversy in the Utah court system. Our Salt Lake City Alimony Attorneys at Emy A Cordano, Attorney at Law are here to help you stay on top of the new or changed regulations surrounding alimony. Because, when you get divorced and alimony is set it can be changed. Alimony is not permanent. If you or someone you love is not getting the correct amount of Alimony then our Alimony Attorneys are ready to work for you.
Alimony Is Not Child Support
Many confuse alimony with child support, but they are two very different things. Child support is a specific amount of court-ordered payments to be received by the primary parent for the benefit of their child or children. Child support can be used for the basic needs of the child such as housing, food, clothing, and school. Health care can be considered, but sometimes it isn’t always covered. Child support is very specific to the child’s needs whereas alimony is more catered to the spouse.
Alimony, or spousal support, is given to the financially weaker spouse. When two people enter a marriage they decide what the relationship will look like. For some, they take the traditional route: the woman stays at home while the man goes to work. While the woman takes care of the home she is at a financial disadvantage. Therefore, if a divorce occurs then it is understood that she may ask for alimony while she gets back on her feet. Or let’s say you worked minimum wage jobs in order for your spouse to get their career off the ground. All that hard should be respected and alimony may be given because while your spouse worked on their career you were not able to do that. There are multiple reasons why you may receive alimony, but alimony isn’t forever.
New Alimony Rules
Utah Courts ruled that if a spouse, who is receiving alimony, decides to live with a new partner, unmarried, then alimony may stop. This happened after a state appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision of stopping a $7,000 monthly alimony payment when the receiving spouse was discovered living with her boyfriend. The court decided that she was “cohabitating” with her boyfriend after there was evidence from a hired private investigator.
This new rule means that if you can prove cohabitation then you may lose your alimony payments. If you are concerned about the future financial stability of your home then our Salt Lake City Alimony Attorneys at Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law are ready to speak with you. We are here to assess your situation if you are just starting the divorce or years after. We have the resources and expertise to handle your situation any step of the way. Call 801-804-5152 or click here to start a conversation with our Salt Lake City professional attorneys at Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law today.