Alimony, or spousal support can be a temporary or permanent award to one spouse following a divorce. Because the roles between each spouse vary often during the course of a marriage, each spouse may not be on the same "playing field" following a divorce when each spouse must live on his or her own.
You were high school sweethearts that thought your relationship would last forever. That is why the two of you decided to get married during your sophomore year of college. Two years later and the regret is starting to set in. You are on the verge of completing your undergraduate degree in anthropology and he is finishing his business degree. While you are ready to spend the next several years working on your doctorate and traveling to far off countries, he wants to finish his master's and move back to your hometown to open his own accounting practice.
Domestic violence has been an issue in the United States for many years. This was recently acknowledged by the United States Surgeon General who cited it as the biggest health concern in America. Domestic violence can take many forms, some obvious, some less obvious, some hidden to everyone but the victim, and some forms that may not even be aware to the victim.
"It doesn't look very good to sue your spouse for divorce on Christmas Eve," admits the head of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Nevertheless, divorce lawyers start seeing a whole lot more clients after the New Year. In fact, the first Monday in January is getting a reputation as Divorce Monday.