Divorce is an emotionally and financially draining process for any Alabama couple. Sometimes, one person might have a more challenging time than the other.
If you find that you’re struggling to make ends meet during the divorce process, you may benefit from interim alimony as the divorce progresses. There are a few different conditions to be considered beforehand.
What is interim alimony?
Interim alimony is alimony awarded and paid from one spouse to the other during the divorce process. This alimony is temporary and doesn’t necessarily guarantee permanent alimony after the divorce is over.
Sometimes, interim alimony is retroactive – meaning a judge can order one spouse to give back pay, starting from the date a spouse initially filed the divorce papers. For example, if the divorce process lasts for multiple months and impacts one spouse’s ability to make money or support their children, they may qualify for interim alimony going back from the initial filing date.
What are the conditions for interim alimony?
Interim alimony is awarded based on various factors, including each spouse’s ability to make income and provide for their family during this time. The conditions are as follows:
- The spouse requesting alimony maintains the validity of the marriage
- The spouse needs the interim alimony considering all of their financial contributions
- The other spouse can afford alimony
The spouse requesting alimony can’t date – or have previously dated – anyone since the separation or divorce proceedings started. The court will also examine both spouses’ finances to determine if interim alimony is needed.
How long does interim alimony last?
The court can change interim alimony at any point up until the divorce is finalized. When the divorce proceedings are complete, the temporary alimony ends. The final alimony order then takes precedence if applicable.