Traditionally, alimony was only available to the innocent or wronged spouse in a divorce. Tennessee now allows either party to be awarded alimony, regardless of which party is awarded a divorce. Alimony may be awarded to either the man or woman, and the gender of the party may not be considered in awarding spousal support.
Alimony is appropriate when one party is found to be economically disadvantaged relative to the other party. The legislative preference in Tennessee is to award rehabilitative alimony. This type of alimony is meant to rehabilitate the disadvantaged spouse’s earning potential. The purpose is to make it so the spouse is no longer disadvantaged relative to the other spouse.
There are several types of alimony in Tennessee other than rehabilitative. You should speak to your Tennessee divorce lawyer about what type of alimony is right for you. In my next post I will talk about what factors courts consider in awarding alimony in a Tennessee Divorce.