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If you need help with alimony-related concern months or years after a divorce, speak to Melvin Cook, Salt Lake City alimony attorney. Call us at 801-746-5075.
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Salt Lake City Alimony Attorney

A SALT LAKE CITY ALIMONY ATTORNEY WORKING FOR YOU

SPOUSAL SUPPORT IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

Utah courts award alimony if one spouse earns less than the other. That rule seems simple enough, but setting both the amount and length of alimony payments can be very complicated. Alimony’s purpose is to equalize the standard of living of the former spouses and to ensure  each party enjoys the same quality of lifestyle during the marriage. Many times, there simply is not enough money to go around. Lawyers and judges must do the best they can with what they have.

My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City alimony attorney. My financial background gives me an advantage in these types of cases. You can see the difference in cases that the Law Office of Mel A. Cook handles. You and I will do the math and develop a fair plan that both sides can accept or the judge will approve.

WHAT IS ALIMONY’S PRIMARY PURPOSE?

There is a long list of factors that the judge may consider in awarding alimony, and all of them are important. In a broad sense, alimony payments should be based on the obligor’s ability to pay and the obligee’s need. Alimony is not a tool to punish one spouse and reward the other spouse. Alimony is strictly a post-divorce economic equalizer.

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR ALIMONY PAYMENTS?

The court may consider almost anything it deems relevant when determining alimony payments. Some statutory factors include:

  • The length of the marriage — A longer marriage usually results in higher alimony payments.
  • The obligee’s non-financial contribution — If one spouse stayed home to care for the children and support the other spouse’s career advancement, the court may consider that a nonfinancial contribution.
  • Fault — Adultery and endangering the children often affect alimony payments.

HOW LONG DOES ALIMONY LAST IN UTAH?

After considering all these factors, the court may order either of these types of alimony, or possibly both:

  • Temporary alimony — Sometimes a spouse has short-term needs, such as legal fee, school tuition or rental deposit obligations. If a spouse needs some money to “get over the hump,” a court may award temporary alimony for a few months.
  • Permanent alimony — If it is clear that the obligee’s financial needs are perpetual, such as to pay for the care of a disabled child or when there is a permanent inequality in earning power, the court may order permanent alimony.

Either party has the option to go back and ask the court to change the alimony payments later, and both the duration and amount are subject to post-divorce modification.

 CONTACT A SALT LAKE CITY ALIMONY LAWYER WHO UNDERSTANDS THE FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF A DIVORCE

At the Law Office of Melvin A. Cook, I can help you use alimony to even out the financial inequalities between you and your ex-spouse. To speak with a Salt Lake City alimony Attorney, contact my office at (801) 746-5075 or online to schedule your free consultation. Hablo Español.

 

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