Why do judges award alimony?

Why do judges award alimony?

Alimony is commonly awarded in a divorce to help the lower-income earning spouse maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. In cases where it is impossible to reestablish the marital standard of living, a judge may look for other ways to ensure the financial pain is not relegated to only one spouse.

What is a lifetime alimony?

Unlike other types of alimony or spousal support, permanent alimony is usually paid until one spouse dies. As the name implies, permanent (or lifetime) alimony means that even if the paying spouse retires and lives on social security, they must continue paying alimony to the receiving spouse.

Can lifetime alimony be reversed?

Once you or your spouse experiences a change that invalidates the reason provided by the judge, it’s possible that you’re eligible to end your alimony payments. By combing through your agreement, if applicable, you might find that what would otherwise be permanent alimony has loopholes.

How long do you have to be married to get lifetime alimony?

The court will determine how long you or the other party will receive alimony. If you have been married for 20 years or longer, there is no limit to how long you can receive alimony. However, if you were married for less than 20 years, you cannot collect alimony for more than 50% of the length of the marriage.

Is alimony paid forever?

Alimony is a regular payment that one spouse makes to the other spouse in order to provide financial support after a divorce. In the past, Pennsylvania courts awarded one year of alimony for every three years of marriage. But, this “rule of thumb” is no longer used.

Is permanent alimony really permanent?

Permanent spousal support is not usually “permanent,” although it can be in cases of very long marriages where the respective financial circumstances of the parties justify it. Lawyers and judges also refer to it as “post-judgment spousal support”, “alimony”, “judgment spousal support”, or “long term support”.

Are alimony payments forever?