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How Much Alimony Do You Pay Your Ex-Spouse If You Relied on Your Parents’ Financial Support During Your Marriage

By Patrick L. Looper |

Many families live beyond their means; having a family court scrutinize your finances during your divorce case often comes as a rude awakening.  When you argue that you cannot afford to pay enough alimony to provide your ex-spouse with luxuries, you are also admitting that you cannot afford those luxuries for yourself and probably… Read More »

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The Court Has the Final Say About Whether Your Alimony Agreement Is Fair

By Patrick L. Looper |

Some couples spend years in court arguing about alimony, while others decide about it long before they divorce, or even before they marry.  If you and your spouse agreed in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement about how much one of you will pay the other in alimony in the event of your divorce, then… Read More »

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The Purpose of Alimony Is Not to Compensate You for the Pain of Divorce

By Patrick L. Looper |

Anyone who has been through a divorce can tell you that it was one of the most painful things they have ever experienced.  Having to disentangle yourself from something you thought would be permanent is never easy, even if you and your ex did not part as enemies and do not have minor children… Read More »

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When Neither Spouse Wants to Live in the Marital Home

By Patrick L. Looper |

It feels great to hold the final judgment of divorce in your hands, because you finally get to move on with your life.  For some recently divorced people, raising their children in the family home without their ex-spouse is a dream come true.  In some cases, both spouses have the same dream, and it… Read More »

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Titling Your Assets in Someone Else’s Name in Order to Avoid Paying Alimony Will Only Make You Look Bad in Front of the Court

By Patrick L. Looper |

As the coronavirus pandemic shutdown threatens to drag onward into the summer, hardly anyone has any extra money lying around.  The fact that you still have to pay alimony even as your job is indefinitely on hold, whereas even tax debts and past due student loans cannot take away your economic stimulus check.  You… Read More »

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Tennessee Courts Have the Option to Award Permanent Alimony Even If Your Ex-Spouse Has a Job

By Patrick L. Looper |

The stereotypical image of an ex-spouse who receives permanent alimony is a little old lady who has never worked outside the home and whose only employment options are low-paying job such as being a greeter at Walmart or a cashier at a fast food restaurant.  In fact, almost all alimony recipients are women, regardless… Read More »

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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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