Divorce cases generate many questions about alimony. Today we talk about the types of alimony available in
Temporary Alimony is payable while the divorce case pending. This type of alimony cannot be waived, even in a prenuptial agreement because it is based on the legal duty to support your spouse. It ends at final judgment.1
At final judgment, there are three possible types of alimony in the law.
Permanent Alimony is what we traditionally think of when we hear the word “alimony.” It is paid as long the receiving former spouse is alive and remains unmarried. If the receiving spouse moves into a “supportive relationship,”
Rehabilitative Alimony is paid while the receiving spouse gets education or training that will allow him/her to be self-supporting. To be eligible for rehabilitative alimony, there must be a specific plan for the education.
Lump Sum Alimony is awarded, but not often. This is payment of a specific amount, in either one payment or payments over time. Once ordered, the whole amount becomes the property of the receiving spouse. This alimony cannot be modified.