Alimony (sometimes called spousal support or separate maintenance) is a payment or series of payments made from one spouse to another after a divorce that allows that spouse to maintain their standard of living.  Alimony is based on the payor’s ability to pay and the payee’s need for the payments.  Alimony is not automatically available or ordered as a result of a divorce in Iowa, but the Court may order alimony in certain situations that the Court deems it appropriate.  In deciding whether alimony is appropriate, the Court will look at several factors including:
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age of the parties
  • The physical and mental health of the parties
  • The educational level of the parties 
  • The marital property settlement
  • The parties’ earning capacities
  • The feasibility of the parties becoming self sufficient
  • The terms of a prenuptial agreement
  • Other factors the court may determine to be relevant
Alimony can be awarded for a period of months or years or for the life of either party.  Historically, there have been three types of alimony available under Iowa law:
  • Traditional- for long term marriages with significant differences in income,
  • Rehabilitative alimony to help support the recipient during a period of pay for education or while re-entering the workforce, and 
  • Reimbursement alimony- to repay a spouse for economic sacrifices made to allow the other spouse to receive training or education that enhanced their earning capacity. 
Call the attorneys at GRL Law to discuss your rights and obligations if alimony is a potential issue in your case.

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