Spousal support, which can also be called alimony, is money that's paid from one ex-spouse to the other. Alimony isn't always guaranteed. Instead, it's based on the circumstances of each divorcing couple's case. The existence of a prenuptial agreement can also affect whether spousal support is awarded and, if so, how much is owed. Each state, including Tennessee, has laws outlining how courts will make alimony determinations.
Tennessee Spousal Support Laws: The Basics
The following table provides an overview of Tennessee alimony laws with links to relevant statutes. Remember, while it's helpful to read an overview of the law, it's also good to read the actual text of a statute.
|Statute(s)||Tennessee Code, Title 36, Chapter 5, Section 36-5-101, et seq. (Alimony and Child Support)|
|Types of Alimony in Tennessee||
There are four types of alimony available in Tennessee:
|Factors Considered in Alimony Determinations||
A court will consider several factors when making decisions regarding the type, amount, and length of time that alimony will be paid. Some of the factors considered are:
Tennessee Code, Title 36, Chapter 4, Section 36-4-101, et seq. (Divorce and Annulment)
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Tennessee Spousal Support Laws: Related Resources
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Have Questions About Alimony in Tennessee? Talk to a Lawyer
As you can see, alimony determinations are very fact-specific, which is why the best way to learn about your rights or obligations under the law is to speak with an experienced legal professional. If you have questions about alimony, it's a good idea to speak with a local divorce lawyer who can explain how Tennessee spousal support laws apply to your case.
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