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Not All Alimony Recipients in Tennessee Are Women

By Patrick L. Looper |

Finances can be a major source of conflict in a marriage and an even bigger source of conflict after a divorce.  When one party earns significantly more than the other, it can lead to resentment from both sides; the higher earning spouse can feel that their partner is freeloading off of them, while the… Read More »

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Divorce After a Long Marriage Is Not an Automatic Guarantee of Permanent Alimony

By Patrick L. Looper |

In Tennessee, in futuro alimony, also known as permanent alimony, is alimony to be paid in monthly installments with no end date specified; it typically ends when one of the spouses dies or when the recipient spouse remarries.  Tennessee courts only award in futuro alimony when the other types of alimony, all of which… Read More »

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Permanent Alimony Should Not Undue Financial Hardship to the Supporting Spouse

By Patrick L. Looper |

Even though divorce causes financial setbacks to nearly everyone who goes through it, the courts in Tennessee seek to distribute couples’ property in such a way that no one loses all the financial stability they had during the marriage.  Judges award permanent alimony when they consider it appropriate, usually only in marriages of long… Read More »

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Judges Award Permanent Alimony in Tennessee on a Case-by-Case Basis

By Patrick L. Looper |

If all your information about alimony comes from stand-up comedy routines, you might think that courts require men to pay 50 percent or more of their income to their ex-wives, who, for their part, avoid seeking employment while they start a new life with their live-in boyfriends.  If your information comes from friends who… Read More »

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Alattiyat v. Qasqas: A Case of Conflicting Information About Income

By Patrick L. Looper |

Lump sum alimony or periodic?  Rehabilitative alimony or bridge-the-gap?  Low income taken at face value or higher income imputed?  These are some of the issues that courts must decide in divorce cases in Tennessee.  The Alattiyat v. Qasqas case involves an unusually large number of these issues, especially considering that the couple reached their… Read More »

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Which Is Better: Periodic Alimony or Lump Sum Alimony?

By Patrick L. Looper |

What would you rather do: pay your ex-spouse a large amount of money all at once, or pay a smaller amount each month for one or more years? Ultimately, while these are both different types of alimony, it is often left up to the courts to decide the best option based on the particular… Read More »

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