There are two types of alimony recognized in Oklahoma. Alimony generally consists of monthly payments made by a financially secure spouse to the needy spouse, to provide them financial support during and/or after the divorce. The general aim behind spousal support is to harmonize the parties’ incomes to ensure that each spouse is able to live in a lifestyle or manner as they were accustomed to before the separation or divorce. Alimony is not gender specific, as it may be awarded to the husband or the wife and is also available to same-sex couples as well. If you have questions about alimony in Oklahoma, contact an experienced Stillwater alimony attorney at our firm.
Two Types of Alimony Recognized in Oklahoma
Oklahoma law recognizes two types of alimony. The first, referred to as “spousal maintenance,” is temporary and payable from the time of separation until the final divorce is granted. The second type of alimony occurs post-divorce and is spelled out in the final divorce judgment. It may be short-term or long term.
The goal of short-term alimony is to provide financial support to the needy spouse until that party is able to financially provide for themselves again. It is commonly granted to parties who have been out of the workforce for an extended time period, or to those who need education, or special job training, that will permit them to earn and provide for themselves. Long-term alimony is most commonly awarded to a disabled spouse or an older spouse who has never been a part of the workforce, or who lacks a meaningful earning capacity.
Alimony is generally satisfied through regular monthly payments for a set amount but can also be awarded in the form of a lump sum, or a property conveyance, such as the marital home, as well.
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A divorce is a painful, life-altering event, and no time to go at it on your own! We always encourage our clients to pursue reconciliation, where possible. We never want to see a good family unnecessarily split-up. However, when divorce becomes the only option, you need representation, and we will stand strong for you. We are highly skilled and experienced attorneys that center our practice on divorce and domestic relations. We will make sure that you get the best possible outcome.
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