Alimony Attorneys in Knoxville, TN

Fair spousal support agreements in TN divorce and legal separation

The purpose of alimony is to ensure that a divorce doesn’t cause an unfair financial imbalance, where one spouse suffers hardship while the other enjoys a windfall. In Tennessee, there is no absolute duty for one ex-spouse to support another. The state gives broad discretion to judges to decide alimony on a case-by-case basis. A payor spouse might be ordered to provide regular or periodic payments, a lump-sum contribution or no spousal support at all. Given the difference in potential outcomes, you need to make sure you have a capable Knoxville lawyer asserting and safeguarding your rights.

The Law Offices of LaFevor & Slaughter has more than 38 years of experience, much of which has been devoted to family law, divorce, postnup agreementschild support and spousal support issues. We know the standards of fairness the court relies on. We carefully examine your personal finances and those of your spouse to prepare a strong case based on thoroughly researched, objective data. Jim LaFevor and Patrick Slaughter are skilled, determined negotiators who know how to present your facts in the most favorable light and persuasively argue for your best possible outcome.

Types of Tennessee alimony

Courts in Tennessee may award different kinds of spousal maintenance for different reasons, including:

  • Rehabilitative alimony — to a spouse who requires training to become self-sufficient; the dependent spouse may receive funds to pursue a degree or certification that would enhance his or her employment prospects
  • Periodic alimony — occasional payments as the need arises based on circumstances the court recognizes
  • Transitional alimony — to a spouse who is already trained or educated to pursue work until he or she is situated with regular employment
  • Lump sum alimony — one-time payment to equalize the standing of the two spouses
  • Any combination of the above

Lawyers for alimony modifications in Knoxville

The court decides alimony based on past performance and future expectations. It’s easier for the court to look back on factors such as the couple’s standard of living and the duration of the marriage than it is to accurately predict future needs. When a payor spouse experiences financial hardship or the payee exceeds earning expectations, a case can be made for a change in the alimony schedule. LaFevor & Slaughter assists you when you need a modification in your divorce decree, including a change in the amount of alimony.

Contact a knowledgeable alimony lawyer in Knoxville

To schedule an appointment to discuss your alimony issues with LaFevor & Slaughter call us at 865.272.4454 or contact our Knoxville office online.