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Understanding Alimony in Nevada

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Author: Bradley J. Hofland

At the end of a marriage, you may wish to request alimony payments. Having a thorough understanding of how alimony works in Nevada can help make a difficult process easier.

The dissolution of a marriage often results in the awarding of alimony, also known as spousal support, to one spouse or the other in the event that one spouse cannot support himself/herself. Alimony can be ordered at several different stages, including while the parties are separated, while the parties are going through the divorce process, or after the divorce has been finalized.

There are several different types of alimony available in the state of Nevada. Temporary alimony, sometimes otherwise termed provisional alimony or alimony pendente lite, is awarded while litigation is in progress. Lump sum alimony, or alimony in gross, is alimony that is awarded in a single lump sum. This type of alimony is not subject to any modifications. Periodic or permanent alimony is payable in weekly, monthly or other predetermined regular installments. This kind of alimony can be ordered either for an indefinite period of time, until a specific date is reached, or a number of payments have been made. The final type of alimony, rehabilitative alimony, is reserved for when payments are made to help a divorce party acquire training or education that will help him/her to get back into the workforce.

There are a number of different factors that are considered when determining whether an award of alimony is appropriate. Chief among them are the following factors:

Each spouse's financial circumstances

The length of the marriage

The value of each spouse's property

The contribution each spouse made to acquiring said property

Each spouse's earning capacity, age, and health issues

The contribution each spouse made to the upkeep of the household

Awards granted in the divorce to the spouse applying for alimony

Each spouse's mental capacity

The amount of education gained by each spouse during the relationship

After these factors have been considered and alimony has been awarded, there are a number of other important issues of which to be aware. Alimony payments usually stop in the event that the receiving spouse gets remarried or the death of either party occurs.

If you are considering pursuing alimony as a part of your separation or divorce, you should consult with an attorney who specializes in family law.

About the author: Bradley J. Hofland is with Las Vegas Divorce law firm, Hofland, Beasley & Galliher. The law firm handles Las Vegas family law, custody, and Las Vegas personal injury. To learn more, visit

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