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Las Vegas Alimony Lawyer Helps Ease the Financial Burden of Divorce

Clark County, Nevada attorney works to secure support for ex-spouses in need

Sometimes, a spouse going through a divorce will need financial help to get by during the process or to make the transition to living on their own. In those circumstances, the divorce court can require the spouse with higher income to pay alimony to the other. Whether you need such support or are opposing a request to pay it, Miley Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to assert your rights effectively.

What is alimony and when are you entitled to it?

Alimony, or spousal support, is the court-imposed obligation of one divorcing spouse to make lump sum or periodic payments to the other spouse. It is not automatically awarded. Rather, it requires proof that the paying spouse is financially independent and that the spouse receiving alimony is in need of assistance. Nevada recognizes four types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony — Support for a financially dependent spouse during the divorce proceedings
  • Short-term alimony — Support for a financially dependent spouse temporarily for a particular period or until a particular event occurs
  • Rehabilitative alimony — Support for a financially dependent spouse while he or she acquires the skills and education necessary to find a job after divorce
  • Permanent alimony — Indefinite support for a financially dependent spouse, ending when one spouse remarries or passes away.

Rehabilitative alimony is the most common form, while permanent alimony is the rarest, typically being awarded only where the marriage has lasted a long time. I can determine whether you or your spouse is entitled to alimony and bring or defend against the claim on your behalf.

Thorough attorney seeks fair and reasonable alimony determinations

When a divorce court is presented with a claim for alimony, it considers several factors in determining whether to award it and in what amount. These include:

  • Each spouse’s financial circumstances, including the nature and value of their property
  • Each spouse’s contributions to the marriage in providing property and/or as a homemaker
  • The spouses’ income, earning capacity, age, health and mental condition
  • Their standard of living during marriage
  • The length of the marriage
  • The alimony recipient’s career before marriage
  • Whether either spouse received specialized training or marketable skills during the marriage
  • How much property the supporting spouse received in the divorce

An alimony award is based on the twin criteria of one spouse’s need and the other’s ability to pay. I carefully review the circumstances of my client, whether it be the payer or receiver, and build a case for the amount of alimony that is most in accord with his or her financial interests and requirements.

Skilled lawyer works to modify alimony awards in response to changed circumstances

Many alimony awards are pre-set to expire in certain circumstances, but even permanent alimony is not necessarily permanent. Unless the order provides otherwise, alimony expires when the recipient remarries or either ex-spouse dies. In addition, the court can modify an alimony order if there are changes of circumstances, such as in the income, employment or disability of either spouse. The court will consider an increase or decrease in either spouse’s income, but only if the difference between the old and new incomes is substantial, which usually means 20 percent or more. If you are in need of an increase, reduction or cessation of ongoing alimony payments, I have the skill to build a strong case and present it to the court.

Contact a knowledgeable Nevada alimony lawyer for a consultation

The Miley Law Firm advises and represents Nevada clients regarding alimony and other divorce issues. Please call 702-850-3600 or contact me online to make an appointment for a meeting at my Las Vegas office.

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