Spousal Support Attorney in Knoxville

  • Spousal support, or alimony, is relief that must be specifically requested of the court.  While some states issue guidelines that govern the calculation of spousal support, Tennessee’s laws largely leave it to the discretion of the court.  If the parties cannot agree on a set amount of spousal support through negotiation or mediation, the court is left with the task of setting the amount based on a number of statutory factors, including the following:
    • Each spouse’s earning capacity
    • The duration of the marriage
    • The age and condition of each spouse
    • The custody arrangement
    • The separate property of each spouse
    • The allocation of the marital estate
    • The contributions each has made to the marriage
    • The allocation of fault in the divorce
    • Tax consequences
  • These factors are quite subjective and result in the court’s treatment of alimony varying from case to case. You need an attorney with extensive experience litigating support issues in Tennessee courts to educate you on the process and work with you to develop a comprehensive legal strategy that addresses your specific needs.

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