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Spousal Support / Alimony in New Mexico

In New Mexico, a divorcing spouse can request alimony payments or spousal support from their partner after the divorce in order to maintain a reasonable standard of living post-divorce. NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC understands the financial stress a divorce can cause a person and we can help determine if you qualify for divorce spousal support.

Spousal Support / Alimony in New Mexico

Alimony is the old-fashion term for spousal support in New Mexico. This is a sum of money payable from one spouse to the other after the divorce in order to help the receiving spouse maintain a reasonable standard of living.

The spouse asking for alimony or spousal support bears the burden of showing how much money he or she “needs” each month and the other spouse’s “ability to pay” that amount, taking into account the overall allocation of property and debt in the divorce. The receiving spouse also must prove the length of time he or she needs to receive spousal support or alimony before becoming financially self-sufficient.  There are several types of spousal support, depending on the circumstances of your case such as:

  • Transitional – This is short term money, usually one year or less, that helps the spouse get established on their own.
  • Rehabilitative – This is money to help a spouse go back to school or get re-trained to be able to get a job or a better one in order to become self-sufficient.
  • “Permanent” – This is monthly payment for an indefinite amount of time from one spouse to the other. This money is paid every month until the receiving spouse dies or remarries.
  • Lump-sum, non-modifiable – This is a fixed amount that is often paid on a monthly basis and the amount and length of time paid cannot be modified or altered.

Unlike child support, spousal support is deductible from the paying spouse’s income for tax purposes and included in the receiving spouse’s income for tax purposes.

Alimony ends when the receiving spouse dies or remarries (except for lump-sum, non-modifiable), and sometimes ends upon other events if the parties agree. Alimony or spousal support does not automatically end when the paying spouse dies. He or she needs to carry life insurance to secure the obligation to pay alimony.

Do you have questions about Spousal Support or Alimony Payments in New Mexico?

If you have questions about divorce spousal support or alimony payments in New Mexico, the experts at NM Divorce & Custody Law LLCcan help. We know the legal guidelines required to file for or appeal a request for spousal support after a divorce. This is your divorce and your family. We will work to protect your rights and give you the knowledge needed to move on with the next chapter of your life. Contact us today.

For more information on spousal support or alimony payments in New Mexico, call NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC
at 505-881-2566.
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