Temporary Alimony

Temporary Alimony is generally designed to allow for the support and maintenance of one spouse while a divorce or separation action is pending. If spouses are living in separate homes during this period, temporary alimony might be intended to help preserve assets, such as home equity, or to protect credit. Failure to pay liabilities like mortgages, loans, and credit card debt will very likely impact a person’s credit score.

For example, temporary alimony may apply to a situation in which the husband makes all of the income and the wife stays at home with the kids. If the husband moves out, the wife will need money to pay the bills and take care of the kids. The husband would pay temporary alimony to the wife while the divorce is happening.

It’s important to keep in mind the practical challenges with taking a family revenue stream accustomed to supporting a single household and making it stretch to support two households.

If your spouse is unwilling to provide financial support on a temporary basis, you may need to request a temporary hearing in order to secure your immediate financial well-being and protect your financial interests and credit.

What is the Process for Receiving Temporary Alimony?

With your attorney, you need to address temporary alimony at your temporary hearing. To do that, you need to request a temporary hearing. Otherwise, you will not be able to deal with issues of child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, debts, and possession of real and personal property on a temporary basis while you’re going through the divorce process.

Your temporary alimony will be included in the temporary order issued by the judge—and that temporary alimony will apply until the time of your final trial or until modified by a subsequent Court Order. Typically, the amount of your temporary alimony will be the same as your final alimony unless a significant change takes place in mediation or the settlement process.

Many people do not know about temporary alimony. It’s important when you meet with an attorney to discuss this option to see if it helps you. Whatever your situation may be, I can help. Contact me today or learn more about other forms of alimony, including permanent alimony, lump sum alimony, and periodic alimony.