Nebraska Alimony Attorney Ensures Your Interests Are Protected

Knowledgeable lawyer helps clients in the Lincoln area to achieve fair spousal support decisions

When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. Whether you and your partner try to negotiate an agreement or take your disputes to a Nebraska court, the question of whether alimony should be provided can be highly contested. At Roger P. Cox PC LLO, I have extensive knowledge of the laws governing spousal support and represent parties seeking payments as well as those who are being asked to provide them. No matter the particular circumstances, I will work diligently to achieve a favorable result for you.

Committed Nebraska counselor looks out for clients’ financial security

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long, judges appraise various factors, including the length of the couple’s marriage, both monetary and in-kind contributions each party has made to the marriage, whether the party requesting alimony forewent career opportunities to devote more time to raising children of the parties or to follow the other spouse in moving to another community or state to further to advance his or her career, the parties’ standard of living during the marriage, the relative income and financial circumstances of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your soon-to-be-ex does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.

I advise clients on the types of alimony that are relevant to their divorce, which may include:

  • Temporary alimony — Meant to provide support during the course of the divorce proceedings, temporary alimony helps recipient spouses address their financial needs until the case is resolved.
  • Post-Decree alimony — Alimony that is to be paid after the entry of a final decree dissolving a marriage is sometimes referred to as “permanent alimony” but is almost always ordered by a court to be paid in specified amounts on a monthly basis for a specified period of years or months.
  • Possible future modification of alimony —Unless the court which awards alimony specifically provides that the amount or duration of such alimony cannot be modified in the future, it is possible in some circumstances for an alimony award to be modified. It is not unusual for a party who is paying alimony or a party who is receiving alimony to initiate a post-decree proceeding asking the court to modify the amount or duration of periodic alimony payments. Such modifications are neither automatic or easy to attain. And if a court ultimately grants a formal request for alimony to be modified, the effective date of such a modification will normally not go back in time any farther than the first day of the calendar month after a formal application to modify alimony is filed with the court. In order to seek a modification of previously ordered alimony, the party seeking the change in alimony must be able to demonstrate that there has been a substantial and material change in circumstances since the time a prior alimony order was entered and that such change in circumstances was not reasonably within the contemplation of the parties at the time of the prior alimony award. be given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who is unable for another reason to earn enough income to maintain their standard of living. It is more likely to exist at the end of a long marriage where one party didn't work outside the home. Despite the name, these orders are frequently modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.

A non-exhaustive list of some of the types of circumstances which are often asserted in support of a request for a court to award alimony or modify a pre-existing alimony award includes: A long-term marriage (especially if one party did not work outside the home during all or a substantial part of the marriage), a substantial disparity between the earning capacity of the parties, a lack of qualifications or experience of a party that makes it doubtful such party will be able to obtain a good job and achieve a level of earnings sufficient for that party to be self-supporting, a serious illness of one of the parties, or some other circumstance that makes a party unable to earn enough income to maintain a reasonable standard of living.

At Roger P. Cox PC LLO, I will work with you to determine what type(s) of alimony might be granted in your situation. From there, I'll advocate on your behalf to secure the best result possible. 

Committed attorney handles alimony disputes and revisions

My clients are often concerned about whether they will be required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the order. At Roger P. Cox PC LLO, I petition the courts for suitable revisions to alimony arrangements and assist clients with enforcement actions when the other party fails to pay on time. No matter how complicated your situation, I will give you the legal support you need to pursue a positive outcome.

Contact an experienced Nebraska family law attorney for alimony assistance

At Roger P. Cox PC LLO, I am dedicated to working toward a favorable alimony result for the clients I represent throughout Nebraska. Call me at 402-782-4264 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney at my Lincoln office.

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