Spousal Support/Alimony

Henderson Spousal Support Lawyer

Fighting to Secure Fair Alimony Payments

Along with child custody and property division, spousal support (or "alimony") can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. If you are facing the end of your marriage and have concerns about paying or receiving spousal support, then it is highly advised that you seek experienced legal representation. A proven Henderson spousal support attorney can help you navigate your spousal support issue and ensure that the court has the information it needs to make a fair determination.

At Ford & Friedman, we understand that most alimony concerns are not about greed or resentment, but about securing a stable financial future during a turbulent time in our clients' lives. We're ready to bring staunch advocacy to your divorce case and ensure that your spousal support and alimony concerns remain a priority throughout every phase of your case.

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Duration of Alimony

When it comes to deciding the length of alimony, courts have a lot of leeway, and it all depends on the sort of assistance the court awards. Temporary alimony, for example, always expires after the divorce is finalized and is never a promise that the court will grant post-divorce alimony.

Short-term, rehabilitative, and long-term alimony may be ordered by the court to stop on a certain date or after a certain case happens. For example, the court can set a 6-month cap on short-term care as the assisted partner tries to sell the couple's marital home or when the beneficiary obtains a degree and finds work.

Alimony is terminated after the receiver remarries or if either partner dies, unless the court orders otherwise.

What Is Alimony Based On?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, in Nevada is determined based on several factors as outlined in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Section 125.150. When a court is considering whether to award alimony and how much to award, it will take into account the following factors:

  • Financial Resources and Needs of Each Spouse: The court will evaluate the financial resources, income, and assets of both spouses. This includes employment income, property, and any other financial resources they may have. The court will also assess the financial needs of each spouse, considering their living expenses and the standard of living established during the marriage.
  • Duration of the Marriage: The length of the marriage can influence the court's decision on the type and duration of alimony. Longer marriages often result in more significant alimony awards.
  • Education and Career Opportunities: The court may consider the education, skills, and employment opportunities of each spouse. If one spouse gave up or delayed their career for the benefit of the marriage, the court may take this into account.
  • Age and Health of Each Spouse: The age and health of each spouse can also be a factor. If one spouse is older, in poor health, or has limited employability, this could affect the alimony award.
  • Contributions to the Marriage: The court will consider the contributions of each spouse to the marriage. This includes both financial and non-financial contributions, such as homemaking, childcare, and support of the other spouse's career or education.
  • Fault in the Breakdown of the Marriage: In Nevada, the court may consider fault in the breakdown of the marriage when determining alimony. This includes factors such as adultery or abuse.
  • Prenuptial Agreements: If there is a prenuptial agreement in place that addresses alimony, the court will typically follow the terms of that agreement.
  • Other Relevant Factors: The court has the discretion to consider any other factors it deems relevant to the case.

It's important to note that the court has significant discretion in determining alimony awards in Nevada. Alimony can be temporary or permanent, and it can be paid in a lump sum or periodic payments. The court will make a decision based on the specific circumstances of the divorcing spouses.

If you are involved in a divorce case in Nevada and have questions about alimony, it's advisable to consult with an attorney. An attorney from our firm can provide guidance and help you understand how these factors may apply to your specific situation.

Modification of Alimony Awards

If the couple does not consent otherwise, the judge will amend an alimony order if their conditions change in the future. A shift of wages, work status, or injury, for example. Changes in either spouse's wages would be considered by the judge, but only if the disparity between the old and new income is at least 20%.

Types of Alimony in Nevada

Nevada courts can order different kinds of spousal support to serve different purposes during and after a divorce. For example, temporary spousal support may be awarded immediately to support a dependent spouse while the divorce is being completed. Rehabilitative spousal support can be ordered for a specific amount of time after a divorce to allow a dependent spouse to achieve financial independence. Permanent spousal support isn't as common as it used to be and, if it is ordered, is subject to periodic reviews to ensure that it is still necessary.

NRS 125.150 Section 8 A-K dictates that the following factors should be considered by the court when making a spousal support determination:

  • Earning capacity of each spouse
  • Health of each spouse
  • Length of marriage
  • Recent or extended unemployment for one of the spouses

It is important to understand that state statutes and guidelines are not well-defined for spousal support orders in Nevada. That is why having a skilled and assertive spousal support lawyer can make a real difference in your future quality of life.

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