Alimony Basics
in Tennessee.

There are the four kinds of Tennessee alimony:

  • Transitional: This type of alimony is meant to help the recipient through a temporary economic adjustment period after the divorce.
  • Rehabilitative: Alimony is received for a period that would allow the recipient to increase employability and his or her standard of living.
  • Alimony in solido: A fixed amount of alimony is paid over a limited time until the recipient is no longer in need.
  • Alimony in futuro: This is long-term alimony of indefinite amount for the spouse with no realistic hope of economic rehabilitation.
In Tennessee judges are directed by law to consider "all relevant factors" in their decision regarding what sort and how much alimony is proper. The following factors are listed as 'must consider' items.

  • Relative "earning capacity, obligations, needs, and financial resources"
  • Relative education and training, ability to secure the same, and whether either party has to get more education or training to improve earnings to a "reasonable level"
  • Length of marriage.
  • Ages and mental conditions
  • Physical condition
  • Whether custody of a child will make employment undesirable
  • Separate assets
  • Property division
  • Standard of living during the marriage.
  • Tangible and intangible contributions to the marriage and to the career or vocational skills of the other spouse"
  • "Marital fault"
  • "Any other factor impacting the "equities between the parties, including tax impact"

These points are only an overview or outline of Tennessee alimony law, which is quite complicated and dependent on the particular circumstances of the divorcing couple.


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