Temporary alimony is awarded on a short-term basis during the period of the divorce proceedings. The divorce court will require the spouse requesting temporary alimony to submit a list of assets and expenses. Once the divorce is finalized, temporary alimony payments will end immediately.
Rehabilitation alimony is available for spouses who were married for a short period. The spouse who needs time to secure self-sustaining employment, undergo additional training, or fulfill educational requirements may request for rehabilitative maintenance.
Who Is Entitled To Spousal Support?
Spousal maintenance in Kentucky is gender-neutral. Under Kentucky Revised Statute 403.200., to receive support from your ex-spouse, you must prove that:
Inadequate Resources: You lack sufficient resources to provide for your reasonable needs, even after the property division.
Child Care Prevents Being Able to Work: You are unable to work, support yourself, or are responsible for a child who requires care, and thus makes it inappropriate for you to work outside the home.
Determination of Type, Amount, and Duration
If the requesting spouse meets the above requirements, the following factors will be used to determine the type, amount, and duration of maintenance:
- The financial resources of the requesting spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The time required for the requesting spouse to complete sufficient education or job training to enable them to find proper employment
- The couple’s standard of living that was established during the marriage
- The age, mental health, and physical health of the requesting spouse
- The ability of the payor spouse to remain financially independent while paying maintenance.
Changes to Current Alimony Agreement
Under Kentucky law, an existing alimony arrangement may be modified only if there is a showing of a continuous and substantial change in circumstances since the initial decree, and have made the ongoing order unreasonable.
If you believe that circumstances have changed since your divorce and you think your spousal support arrangement should be reviewed or modified, you should speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney.
How an Experienced Attorney Can Help
In 2017, the divorce rate in Kentucky was 3.7 per 1,000 residents. Divorce and spousal support cases in Kentucky are often very complicated. If you are preparing for a divorce and would like guidance on spousal maintenance arrangements, consult with an experienced spousal support attorney immediately.
At Bland & Birdwhistell, PLLC, we understand how complicated the entire alimony process can be. Our team of experienced attorneys has dedicated their careers to handling matters such as those related to divorce, alimony, child support, and spousal maintenance.
As experienced spousal support attorneys, we can guide you through the process of setting up or modifying spousal support arrangements. Call us today to get the comprehensive legal guidance and advocacy you need.