Taking Action

Get Answers Start Your Divorce Stop Your Divorce Divorce Forms Online Support DivorceDesk

Divorce Tools

Online Divorce Online Negotiation Custody Tracker Custody Evaluation QDRO Preparation Divorce Calendar SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

State Resources

California Florida Illinois New York Texas SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Generate Clients Free Network Page Submit Articles Case Management Sign In

The Divorce Encyclopedia
Quantity


Term Definition Quantity - in divorce usage, the sum as opposed to the duration of alimony.
Application in Divorce How much and for how long are the two unknowns in the divorce equation calculation of alimony, which is spousal support. The amount and the duration may be functions of each other; that is, a spouse may agree to receive more for a shorter period of time or less for a longer period of time. In general, courts entertain actions to change the terms and conditions of alimony -- quantity and duration -- based on the changing circumstances of both former spouses. For example, the former wife who wins big on the lottery may hear from her former husband who has become destitute following his layoff from XYZ Co. because he can argue changing circumstances now make his alimony payments an unreasonable burden. Unlike property distribution, which is generally set in stone, but like child support, the terms and conditions of alimony are said to be modifiable. In this, the term quantity sometimes comes into play. In the modifiable arrangement, the divorce order may specify how much is to paid, but not for how long. In the nonmodifiable routine, the divorce decrees fixes both amount and duration.

Each routine, modifiable and nonmodifiable, has advantages and disadvantages to payor and recipient of alimony; in general, modifiable alimony routines are more common.

Although husbands who pay it may feel otherwise, alimony is not damages for a failed marriage. Beginning in the 1970s, courts began to realize that alimony should is rehabilitative for the nonworking spouse whose contributions to the marriage did not lend themselves to a dollar-and-cents calculation. Coincidentally, this happened at the same time most jurisdictions followed the lead of California in liberalizing divorce laws.

To determine the quantity and duration of alimony -- the how much and for how long -- courts consider factors that include the need of the spouse, his or her ability to pay, the length of the marriage, the lifestyle of the couple when married, and the age and health of both spouses.

It should be remembered that spouses sometimes opt for a single lump-sum payment.

See also Lump Sum Alimony.

Add the Divorce Encyclopedia
to Your Website
!


The Research Center

Give Our Research Center a Try. Gain access to the same research material that lawyers often use to establish and win divorce cases. This material consists of legal journal articles and case explanation/analysis documents on a wide range of topics. If you think your situation is unique, your answers will most likely be here. In order to gain access to this area, you must establish an account, but you can search the documents before deciding.


The Divorce Source Difference

Since February 1st, 1997 (when we initially launched Divorcesource.com) we have helped millions of people contemplating or experiencing divorce. The reason we have been able to reach so many people is because we have made it a priority to listen to our customers. We have built a trust by listening and delivering what the customer needs, rather than what we think they want. This is the Divorce Source difference.


Social

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:

Custody Scheduling and Tracking

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:

 

Start Your Divorce File for Divorce

 

Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Divorce

 

Track Child Custody Track Custody & Visitation

Start Your Divorce Today - Premium Divorce Online
Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site
Limited Offer Women's Rights Manual For Divorce
Cover Price: $55.95
Your Price: $29.95
You Save: $26.00

"The Absolute Best Investment in Your Divorce"

Men's Rights Manual For Divorce
Cover Price: $55.95
Your Price: $29.95
You Save: $26.00

"Uncover Your Options and Unleash Solutions"