There are numerous types of alimony available under Tennessee law:
- Rehabilitative Alimony, where it is meant to help the recipient become self-supporting to the level of the life style of the marriage, if possible.
- In Futuro Alimony (also known as “periodic alimony), which is long-term and where rehabilitation is not feasible.
- Transitional Alimony, where, during the divorce, some assistance is needed but rehabilitation is not needed.
- In solido Alimony, where a lump sum amount is paid, either all at once or in installments. This is meant for such things as attorneys’ fees or for training or educational costs.
These different types of alimony can also be combined, as needed.
If you are planning to use the Collaborative Divorce process or Divorce Mediation to reach agreement on the terms of your divorce, then you and your spouse will be in charge of the decisions affecting alimony and all other terms of your divorce.
If one spouse has been on the other’s health insurance plan you may also need to discuss the health insurance needs of the parties and who is going to provide or pay for this.
Leaving these kinds of decisions up to the court to decide, as in traditional litigated divorce, makes it hard to predict the outcome, since each case is unique and judges have tremendous discretion when it comes to alimony amount and duration.