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What is spousal support in Nebraska?

People who are seeking a divorce often wonder exactly how the divorce will affect their finances. The answer isn't always the same since individual situations vary. For residents of Nebraska, one aspect of divorce that might have a profound effect on their finances is alimony. Nebraska courts are allowed to award alimony in divorce cases. Knowing about alimony can help people prepare for this in divorce proceedings.

What is alimony?

Alimony is also known as spousal support. It is meant as a way to provide support to a spouse who has typically been reliant upon the other spouse for support. In some cases, alimony might be awarded when both spouses work if the divorce will cause one spouse to suffer from a considerably lower standard of living than that which was true during the marriage.

Is all alimony the same?

In Nebraska, there are different types of alimony. Alimony can be long term, short term or temporary. Long-term alimony is also known as permanent spousal support. It is usually only awarded after long marriages. Short-term alimony is meant to give one spouse a chance to gain skills to support himself or herself. Temporary alimony is awarded between the initial divorce filing and the final divorce decree.

The court has to consider a variety of factors when considering an alimony award. Knowing what the court will look at might help Nebraska residents to know what expect when it comes to seeking or fighting against alimony. Ensuring you accurately report your living situation and finances can help ensure that the court's alimony ruling is just.

Source: Divorce Source, "Nebraska Alimony" Dec. 01, 2014

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