Single parents in Washington who have struggled with alimony and child support payments after a divorce understand how lengthy and overwhelming the process can be. From collecting payments, to demonstrating financial need the process can lead to a lot of stress.
Child support payments and alimony can affect all kinds of families. Recently, financial figures were released from divorced couple Marc Anthony and his ex-wife, former Ms. Universe, Dayanara Torres. Each month, Anthony must pay alimony and child support payments totaling $16,500.
While the process varies family to family, a court will generally evaluate a family's financial situation, in order to determine child support payments, and if appropriate, award alimony. Anthony and Torres married in 2000 but divorced in 2004. The couple had two children, and Anthony pays $6,500 for each child per month. Additionally, he pays $3,500 in alimony to Torres.
While Torres receives alimony each month, not all former spouses may be entitled to an award. Spousal support is typically awarded when spouses are not able to meet their financial needs without the other spouse's support.
The length of time that alimony can be awarded varies case by case. It can be for a temporary length of time where one spouse may be retrained, pursue an education, raise children or find a job. Permanent alimony can be awarded when one spouse is not able to achieve a self-supporting status, which can be in part because of age or disability.
Divorce can be a very difficult time period in a person's life. Child support and alimony payments attempt to financially ease the burden, and help to bridge the gap between the chapters of life.
Source: The Examiner, "Singer Marc Anthony's alimony to Ex-Wife and child support funds released," Ruthy Ferrera, Nov. 18, 2012