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Should you seek alimony from your spouse?

There's no question that spousal support can be a difficult issue to address during a divorce. Sometimes, neither party wants to continue to have anything to do with the other, and spousal support does link them for some time into the future.

If you are entitled to spousal support, don't avoid taking it over worries of continued connections with your ex-spouse. There are actually a few ways to receive the support you need without contact. For instance, you can receive a lump sum of alimony at the conclusion of the divorce, or you may have the money directly deposited into your accounts, so you don't have to worry about obtaining it from your ex-spouse directly.

Most of the time, spousal support is temporary. That means that it may last only a few months or years, depending on your situation. In cases of long-term marriages, there is a slight chance of permanent alimony, but it is still unlikely.

Courts look at various factors when deciding if alimony is right for your situation. The judge has to consider the tax impact of spousal support, the age and health of you and your spouse, if you have children, if having a job would make it hard to care for them and other factors.

While it is essentially your choice if you want to seek and obtain alimony, you should consider taking it or accepting assets for its value if you are entitled to it. This support is intended to help you as you move forward with your life, and it is beneficial to many.

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