How Alimony Works in South Carolina

Alimony is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other after divorce. South Carolina courts consider a range of factors when determining whether alimony will be ordered and what the amount will be, from what income both spouses have, the duration of the marriage, the physical and emotional condition of both spouses, and more.

As you navigate your divorce, you may struggle with alimony, whether you’re simply unsure what it is or whether you’re worried about asking for it.

At Sarah Henry Law, our attorney has the compassion and knowledge to advocate for you as we navigate your alimony case. Sarah Henry has supported hundreds of clients through complex litigation, and we’re here to answer questions you have about the process. Read on to explore how alimony works in South Carolina and what you should know before moving forward.

Alimony Process in South Carolina

During the divorce process, your divorce lawyer can advocate for you to receive alimony. When they do, they will build an argument to compel the judge to order alimony based on a range of factors, from income level to medical needs and more. A wide range of alimony types may be allocated depending on your unique circumstances.

Alimony pendente lite is a temporary form of alimony to be paid while the divorce is in process. Periodic alimony is also temporary depending on the future circumstances of the spouse being paid. If you’re paid temporary alimony and you remarry or live with another partner for a substantial time, the money will no longer be paid. Lump sum alimony is paid outright in one payment, rather than in split-up payments like some of its counterparts.

Rehabilitative alimony provides financial aid to the supported spouse as they pursue a degree or return to the workforce. For stay-at-home parents who could not work or pursue education, because they were the primary childcare providers, this alimony allows them to pursue employment with financial support from their former spouse.

Factors Considered for Alimony in South Carolina

For every type of alimony, the decision lies in the hands of the courts, and judges will consider a multitude of factors as they determine whether alimony will be allocated and what type. Some considerations include:

  • Income and education level of spouses
  • The employment history of spouses
  • Medical and emotional condition of spouses
  • Martial standard of living
  • Child custody
  • Current and expected earnings and expenses for both spouse
  • Martial misconduct

Your Divorce Lawyer Is Here to Help

Each alimony case is different, and your legal support should be tailored to best suit your unique needs and situation to present the most compelling arguments in court.

At Sarah Henry Law, you can rest easy knowing attorney Sarah Henry is passionate about providing personalized support. She’ll advocate for you to receive the funds you need and for the litigation process to be as smooth as possible.

If you’re ready to connect with a skilled South Carolina family lawyer who will fight for your alimony needs, give us a call at 864-478-8324 or fill in our online contact form today.

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