Understanding Alimony

Alimony or spousal support is a common concern for individuals getting divorced in Mississippi. Understanding your rights and the guidelines regarding alimony can help you plan for the future after your divorce has been finalized.

The King Law Firm, PLLC, in Gulfport, assists spouses going through divorce. Attorney Jacob King will guide you through this process, explain your options and protect your rights. You will work directly with Mr. King. This means all calls are answered by him, and he will personally provide you with updates and advice throughout your case.

Alimony: Who Receives It And How Is It Calculated?

Mississippi has two types of alimony: lump sum and period payment. Lump sum is the final dollar amount that will be paid in a single payment or over a certain period of time. This type of alimony cannot be modified by the court, and remarriage or death does not impact the payment.

Period payment can be modified and ends when either spouse dies or if the spouse receiving alimony remarries or lives with a new partner.

Several factors are considered when determining alimony awards, including:

  • Health and earning capacity of both spouses
  • Sources of income of both spouses
  • Reasonable needs of spouse and children
  • Necessary living expenses for both spouses
  • Estimated income taxes for both spouses

The goal of alimony is to give the receiving spouse the same standard of living he or she had when married. The court does have discretion to award alimony after considering factors unique to each case.

Discuss Alimony With An Attorney

Every case is different and depends on your and your spouse's circumstances. While it may not seem important to have a lawyer when it comes to alimony — that's simply not the case. Mr. King knows how divorce can impact all aspects of your life, and the ways you can plan to protect your future and financial goals.

Call 228-206-5856 or send the firm an email to schedule a free initial consultation to start discussing your situation.