Alimony is financial support from one spouse to the other after the dissolution of a marriage, so that both spouses may maintain a certain standard of living.
Nevada law recognizes several types of alimony, including:
- Temporary maintenance (aka spousal support),
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Periodic or permanent alimony
Temporary maintenance, or spousal support, is financial support that has been awarded and paid to a spouse during divorce proceedings. Temporary maintenance is paid prior to a Judgment of Divorce being entered.
Rehabilitative alimony requires a spouse to pay toward the training or education of the other spouse. This type of payment is intended for spouses who have been home-makers and require further education or training to re-enter the workforce.
Periodic alimony is awarded once a divorce is final, and is often awarded in the form of monthly payments.
Permanent alimony is a form of alimony requiring the paying spouse to make payments to the other spouse for an indefinite period of time. In determining alimony, a court will consider many factors, including:
- The financial condition of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The couple’s standard of living during the marriage
- Each spouse’s pre-marriage career