What is Alimony?
Alimony is the financial support or monetary compensation given to the spouse who remained financially dependent on the other spouse during the course of their marriage. Alike Child Custody, the amount of alimony is also at the discretion of the court. The court decides the amount of the alimony on the basis of facts and circumstances of the case. Also, the earnings and the standard of living maintained by the earning spouse is taken into consideration. There is no fixed rule for the amount of alimony, it changes with the financial needs of one spouse and earning capacity of another.
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Kinds of Alimony
According to Indian Laws, there are two kinds of alimony depending upon the stages of the proceedings. First alimony is the amount given during the course of court proceedings which is for the maintenance during the proceedings. Once the case meets its conclusion and the decision is given the second alimony is granted. It is called Permanent Alimony which is given only when the decree of divorce has been passed in favour of the petition.
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How Alimony can be served?
Alimony can be served in two ways depending on the decision of the court. Either it can be given as one-time amount or in a form of regular monthly payments. One time payment is suggested for both the parties as it resolves the matter completely.
Who is entitled to pay the Alimony?
According to the law, any of the spouse can pay alimony to another, subject to the condition that one spouse was financially dependent on the other due to the ideal course of the marriage. The law is very gender neutral regarding alimony and maintenance laws.
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What are the Alimony Laws for the spouse who gets remarried or starts earning?
In case the spouse who is earlier granted alimony by the court remarries or starts earning well, the other spouse may still have to pay for the children as decided by the court.
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