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Factors that can influence an award of alimony

On Behalf of | Nov 27, 2020 | Divorce |

Alimony is an important family law subject that may cause stress and create questions for Omaha residents. Generally, alimony is money that one party to a divorce pays to the other during and sometimes after the divorce proceedings. Not all divorces yield alimony awards; when the parties to a divorce can financially support themselves there is no need for a court to award alimony.

Determining if alimony should be awarded often requires courts to examine important factors about the parties and their marriages. This post does not provide legal advice but does introduce some of the factors that may be relevant to alimony determinations for Nebraska residents.

The grounds for alimony in Nebraska law

Alimony is recognized in the Nebraska Revised Statutes. Per the law, it should be reasonable and should be based on the circumstances of the parties. Some of the factors that courts can look at when deciding if or how to award alimony include:

  • The length of the parties’ marriages
  • The contributions the parties made to their relationships
  • The contributions the parties made to the care of their kids
  • The opportunities that the parties gave up to support their families
  • The ability of the parties to financially support their post-divorce needs

As readers can see, alimony and its appropriateness in a divorce will greatly depend on specific details about the parties, their relationship, and their future needs.

Making a case for alimony during divorce proceedings

Alimony can be a critical part of an individual’s post-divorce sufficiency. Without it, some individuals may struggle to pay their bills and provide for their most basic needs. The goal of alimony, therefore, is to prevent parties to divorce from becoming financially disadvantaged when their marriages end.

An individual preparing for or going through their own divorce may have financial concerns about their future. Alimony may be necessary for their needs, and their family law and divorce attorney can advocate for them when alimony hearings happen. Individuals do not have to face their legal questions on their own, and family law lawyers are knowledgeable about the laws and rules that may impact their divorce clients’ lives.