Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC
call now for a free consultation
Local 601-326-1199
Toll Free 866-965-3516

Alimony Archives

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.

When and how will a Mississippi court consider awarding alimony?

Many Mississippi residents rely on spousal support to make ends meet after a divorce. In order to be awarded alimony in Mississippi, one party has to be at a financial deficit even after all of the marital assets are equitably divided. This rule was instituted when the state moved from being a community property state to an equitable distribution state back in 1994.

What alimony arrangement will work best?

The answer to that question depends on several factors. When Mississippi converted from a community property state to an equitable distribution state in 1994, it also altered how alimony is determined. An award of alimony is considered only after the marital assets are divided. An alimony arrangement will be made only if one of the parties remains significantly deficient even after an equitable distribution.

Chris Rock's plea re spousal support shows changing viewpoint

Mississippi residents may be aware that Chris Rock, a popular comedian and actor, recently announced that he and his wife of 19 years are divorcing. It looks as though the couple will be going to court to resolve at least some of their issues because their prenuptial agreement expired on their 18th wedding anniversary. In court documents, Rock claims that his wife is keeping him from having contact with the couple's two children. Moreover, he says that a reduction in spousal support is warranted since his future ex-wife has the ability to support herself.

How alimony is determined in a Mississippi divorce

In 1994, Mississippi became an equitable distribution state. This means that a couple's marital assets will not necessarily be divided equally, but will instead be based on a number of factors such as how long the couple was married and how well each spouse can support him- or herself after the divorce. Therefore, once the assets are divided, the court will consider an award of alimony if the distribution is significantly unbalanced or other factors are present that warrant such relief.

Calculating alimony in a Mississippi divorce

What began as a way to possibly punish a cheating husband has evolved into a method of supporting a spouse who is unable to maintain the same standard of living established during the marriage without assistance. Here in Mississippi, there are two different types of alimony for spouses to be awarded in a divorce proceeding. Spousal support can be ordered as a lump sum or as payments that are to be made periodically, such as monthly.

More husbands asking for alimony when going through a divorce

Now, more than at any other time in history the gender roles in families nationwide -- including here in Mississippi -- are blurred. More women are pursuing lucrative careers while their husbands stay home and take care of the children. These changes are reaching every aspect of family life -- including divorce. A growing number of men are asking for alimony when going through a divorce.

Mississippi divorce: Should a husband pay to freeze ex's eggs?

There are many issues that come up during the negotiations in a divorce. One that Mississippi readers may find unusual and interesting is a woman who wants her soon-to-be ex-husband to pay to freeze her eggs as part of the divorce settlement. Apparently, the two never got around to having children, and the woman is concerned that she is running out of time, but her husband can still have children for many years to come.

Mississippi interested in unusual divorce and alimony case

Mississippi readers may be interested in an unusual divorce case has prompted one state's court to examine how their laws view a very unconventional marriage. The case involves a couple who married outside the United States but has lived in it for many years. Recently, the wife filed for divorce, seeking alimony and child support and leading to the husband's claims that the marriage was fake.

Dog Whisperer facing a tight budget after divorce settlement

After 18 years of marriage, Cesar Millan and wife Illusion have ended their nearly two-year divorce saga with a settlement. The famed Dog Whisperer was required by the divorce settlement to issue a $400,000 payment to his ex-wife on top of a staggering $23,000 in monthly spousal support. For a successful man like Millan, such a large sum may be pocket change, but for non-celebrity residents in the state of Mississippi, a divorce settlement this expensive may break the bank.