The right to claim and receive ‘Alimony’ is one of the most significant rights under matrimonial and divorce laws. Alimony refers to the amount or allowance, which the court orders the husband to pay to his wife for her sustenance. So, if you are facing a divorce, then, you will have to meet alimony payments, which are also referred to as maintenance or spousal support.
In the American divorce system, you will have a good chance of claiming as well as receiving alimony payments from your husband. However, it is essential for you to know that alimony payments are not awarded for short marriages.
If the court of law orders alimony, then you will receive a specific amount every month until:
- Your former husband remarries.
- The judge sets a date in the near future.
- Your kids no longer require a full-time parent at home.
- Some significant event, such as retirement, occurs.
- One of you dies.
After filing the divorce petition, you and your husband can mutually decide to agree to a specific amount and time length for which the alimony payment will be made. In case if you and your spouse fail to do it, the court of law will set pre-defined terms for you. However, it is essential for you to know that the court’s decision will include case trials, and it will eventually cost you a lot of time and money.
The spouse who is receiving the alimony should make a proper list to show the receiving of each payment. The list should include the following information.
- The alimony amount received.
- The date of receiving the payment.
- Check number and other identifying information.
- Account number mentioned on the check.
- Name of the bank on which the money order is issued or the check is drawn.
- Photocopy of the check or money order.
- Copy of your signed receipt.
So, these are some essential details that you must include in your record list while securing the alimony payment. In case if your spouse denies making the required spousal support, then you can contact the Ukiah Family Law for more help and assistance. You can also take the necessary legal action to enforce the court order through contempt litigation. For more information on alimony payments, you can contact Ukiah Family Law at 707-542-5611.