You gave up your career to become a househusband and raise the kids. It was all going well until your high-flying wife filed for divorce. Now you are wondering how to support yourself and maintain the standard of living you are used to.
You probably know that a woman can claim alimony from her ex-husband, but did you know that in Mississippi, a man can claim alimony from his ex-wife?
What is alimony and why is it awarded?
When a marriage ends, if a judge decides one partner will be at a financial disadvantage, they may award alimony. This means the spouse who is financially better off pays money to the other. If you sacrificed your career to support your wife’s, or if you cannot work full-time because you are raising the kids, the judge may award you alimony.
How is alimony paid?
- Lump-sum alimony: This can be a single payment or split into several payments. The total amount is set and cannot be changed. The payment must be completed, even if one of you dies or remarries.
- Periodic payment alimony: This is a regular payment of a set amount. You can return to court to ask for the amount to be changed if you have a valid reason. When one of you dies the payment stops. If you, as the person receiving it, remarries or moves in with a new partner, payment also stops.
How much alimony a judge awards you comes down to how they interpret your situation. Strong legal representation could make a big difference in how comfortable your future is.