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Alimony concerns: When to ask for help through alimony

For many people, the idea of going through a divorce seems impossible, even if they're unhappy with their current situation. Why? Finances.

If you don't have the money to support yourself without your spouse, then you may think you are too dependent to seek a divorce. However, it's possible to ask for a divorce and alimony that can support you while you look for work or build up your career.

How do you know if you should ask for alimony?

If you have already realized that you need financial support to be able to divorce and survive following the divorce, then it should be clear that you need alimony. Alimony is designed to be used in cases like yours, helping people like yourself get the financial security needed to move forward in life while completing a divorce.

It's also a good idea to look into alimony if you've paid into your spouse's education or have supported them as they've advanced their career. Most people take those actions believing that helping their spouses will pay off later, but if you divorce, then you may not see the benefits. A judge may be happy to award alimony as a kind of repayment for the support you gave your spouse.

Our website has more information on alimony and spousal support, so you can learn more about when it's ordered and when it's a good idea to ask for it. Your attorney will talk to you more about alimony and if you're a good candidate to seek alimony for financial support after your divorce.

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