There are several important aspects decided during the divorce process. Spousal support or alimony is one of those key aspects.
Some people find the divorce process, in general, to be a bit confusing, which can lead to misunderstanding and misconceptions. Take a look at a few of the main misconceptions in regards to alimony.
There is a misconception that alimony is some form of punishment and that it tends to be unfair. However, this is not the case. The intent of alimony is for both parties to enter their new single lives in fairly equal standing. Therefore, the award decision looks quite different for various divorcing parties, though all decisions must still coincide with the divorce laws of the state. In some cases where the parties bring in similar incomes, there may not be an alimony award. On the other hand, if one party worked while the other stayed at home, the working party may have to pay a good amount of alimony to allow the other party to maintain a similar lifestyle while getting on his or her feet.
A blaring alimony misconception is that men pay their ex-wives alimony and that it usually lasts for life. Neither statement is completely true. In today's society, it is quite possible for a woman to make more than her husband, and fewer women are stay-at-home moms. As such, the dynamic has changed; some women end up paying alimony. Whichever party makes more money is generally the party who pays alimony. Also, alimony awards are usually for a limited time, in which time the recipient is expected to seek training or education to allow him or her to become self-sufficient.
These are a few of the main misconceptions regarding alimony. However, it is not an all-inclusive list. It may be beneficial to review the support laws in full and discuss any questions with a knowledgeable professional.