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What type of alimony would work best for you?

When Mississippi residents realize that their marriages are over, their thoughts often turn to how they will support themselves and their children, if any, after the divorce. Many of them realize that they will need alimony in order to move forward because the division of the marital estate does not result in an equitable split. The question becomes what type of spousal support will work best for you and your family.

There are three types of alimony in Mississippi. The first is called rehabilitative alimony because it is designed to give the receiving party a chance to get back on his or her feet. It only lasts for a specified amount of time.

The second type is called periodic alimony. Periodic payments are made to the receiving spouse. The amount of these payments can be modified if the court determines that a significant change in either party's circumstances warrants it.

Last, but not least, is lump sum alimony. One party is either ordered to or agrees to pay a certain amount of money to the other party as spousal support. The whole sum does not have to be paid at one time, however. Installments can be paid over an agreed upon amount of time.

Before deciding what type of alimony you might need, it would be a good idea to talk to an attorney. In addition, other considerations -- such as taxes, remarriage and cohabitation -- could affect your receipt of spousal support. Furthermore, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are leaving the determination of alimony up to the court, you will need to provide evidence of your need. An attorney can help you build the best case possible to present to the court.

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