When a couple decides to get divorced, issues of alimony often arise during divorce negotiations and need to be addressed appropriately. In a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 243,000 people received spousal support payments in 2016, of which 98% were women. If you are considering filing for divorce and would like to understand your options regarding spousal maintenance, it is critical that you consult with an experienced Kansas family law attorney for reliable legal guidance.
At Cornerstone Law, LLC, I am committed to offering comprehensive legal services and reliable guidance in matters of divorce and spousal support. As your legal counsel, I can review the unique details of your situation and help you understand all available legal options. Whether you are trying to establish spousal support arrangements or modify an existing alimony agreement, I can offer you the experienced legal counsel and advocacy you need.
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Alimony Laws in Kansas
Alimony, often referred to as spousal maintenance, can be described as a court-ordered payment made by the higher-wage earning spouse to the lower or non-wage-earning spouse during the divorce process or for a period after the divorce has been finalized. There are three types of alimony in Kansas:
Kansas courts may order temporary alimony if one spouse earns more than the other spouse and can afford spousal support payments. Temporary alimony is to allow the lower-wage earner to meet financial obligations during the divorce. It ends immediately after the divorce is finalized.
Short-term support or rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to a spouse who has the potential to become self-supporting or financially independent, but needs financial assistance and time to learn a skill, finish their education, or find a job.
Kansas courts may award long-term support if the court believes that is the only way for the spouse to survive after the divorce. Long-term support is rare and ends when the recipient remarries, or the paying spouse dies.