“Alimony” means payments for the support and maintenance of a spouse, either by lump sum or on a continuing basis. Alimony is paid by a supporting spouse to a dependent spouse.
“Alimony” means payments for the support and maintenance of a spouse, either by lump sum or on a continuing basis for some length of time. Alimony is paid by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse. A dependent spouse is a spouse, whether husband or wife, who is substantially dependent upon the other spouse for maintenance and support. The amount of alimony varies.
Pendente Lite spousal support is the payment of expenses for support and maintenance of a spouse pending entry of the final decree of divorce.
Although an alimony claimant is no longer required to prove the other spouse is at fault in order to be entitled to postseparation support or alimony, the alimony statute still retains the concept of marital fault and still permits a judge to consider evidence of fault in fixing the amount of alimony to be awarded, if any. However, fault is only one of multiple factors to be considered in an award of alimony.
To determine whether the granting of an order for payment of support and maintenance to a party is appropriate, and in determining the nature, amount, length of term and manner of payment, the Court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-5-121.
Alimony can be awarded in different ways and for varying lengths of time based upon the facts of each individual case. In general, Tennessee recognizes four types of alimony awards, as briefly described below.
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