Alimony is a type of support payment made by one spouse to another after a divorce. Alimony has been a component of divorce proceedings for more than a century and is designed to help individuals whose spouses have significantly more income.
When the court is deciding to order alimony, they will look at many factors, including:
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Common Types of Alimony in South Carolina
If one spouse has been out of the workforce for a while, or for another reason cannot earn a significant income, they may be awarded rehabilitative alimony to support them while they take steps to become self-supporting. The amount owed will be determined by the court when the order is made.
This type of alimony applies to very specific situations. If, during the marriage, one spouse worked to support the other while they received job training or education, then the working spouse may be awarded reimbursement alimony.
Separate Maintenance & Support:
Unlike the other types of alimony, separate maintenance and support payments do not apply to divorced couples. Instead, this type of payment is sometimes ordered when a couple is no longer living together but is not seeking a divorce. While technically not alimony, they serve a similar function.
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