Yes, you may have to pay alimony, or spousal support, if you get divorced in Arkansas. It is not automatic, and the amount is not based on a set formula. Your spouse must request alimony payments. The amount, and whether any alimony is awarded at all, will be at the judge’s discretion. There are many factors that the courts consider. Brace yourself, fault is not one of them. Factors that the court does consider include the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage and who has custody of the kids. Alimony may be temporary, rehabilitative or permanent.
Temporary, Rehabilitative or Permanent Alimony?
Temporary alimony may be awarded to help a spouse get by during the divorce proceedings. Rehabilitative or permanent alimony may be awarded when the divorce is finalized. Rehabilitative alimony is short-term alimony awarded to help your ex become able to provide for himself or herself. Permanent alimony is long-term alimony, but there are conditions or events that will bring those payments to an end, and the judge may order long-term alimony to end after a certain period of time generally based on the length of time you were married.
For anyone divorcing after December 31st, 2018, the new tax law can make a difference in the amount of alimony payments. If you are the payor, you can no longer claim alimony as a tax deduction, but you can ask for lower payments as a result.
To learn more about alimony in Arkansas, call Milligan Law Offices at 479-783-2213 or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.