Spousal support – also referred to alimony – is often a key issue in Nevada divorces. While issues such as child custody and division of property may be more emotionally charged, spousal support is typically one of the issues where the parties (or the courts) have the most leeway in crafting an award.
Nevada’s divorce laws provide for four different types of alimony. These are:
- Temporary maintenance
- Temporary alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Permanent spousal support
Understanding Alimony Rights under Nevada Law
Temporary maintenance is a type of spousal support that can be awarded during the pendency of a divorce. In contested divorces, it is awarded in the court’s discretion, and is intended to cover the living, child-related, and other expenses of a spouse who is not able to support himself or herself during the divorce. As with the other types of spousal support, the spouses’ respective financial situations weigh heavily into determining any rights to temporary maintenance.
Temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and permanent spousal support all concern support payments to be made after the parties’ divorce is final. Temporary alimony has a designated end date, which can either be:
- A specific, set date in the future; or,
- The date of a designated event, such as the supported spouse finding gainful employment.
Temporary alimony is most common in short-term marriages where it is reasonably feasible for the supported spouse to become fully self-reliant to maintain the standard of living he or she enjoyed during the marriage.
Rehabilitative alimony is intended to provide financial support to a spouse who needs training or education in order to become self-supporting. While there are various scenarios in which rehabilitative alimony may be appropriate, it is often awarded in cases where one spouse foregoes pursuing a career in order to stay home and care for the couple’s children. After the divorce, this spouse can receive rehabilitative support while gaining the skills or knowledge necessary to re-start his or her career.
Permanent Spousal Support
Permanent spousal support has no set end date or rehabilitative purpose. While referred to as “permanent,” it generally lasts until the end of the support spouse’s life or until he or she remarries. Upon death or remarriage of the supported spouse, the supporting spouse’s payments obligations will terminate. Permanent support is most common in divorces following long-term marriages and where the supported spouse is unlikely to be able to maintain the marital standard of living independently.
Contact De Castroverde Law Group about Your Las Vegas Divorce
If you are considering filing for divorce in Las Vegas, or if you are concerned that your spouse may be filing for divorce, you should speak with an attorney at De Castroverde Law Group about your situation. We can help you understand your rights, evaluate your options, and pursue a course of action to preserve your financial stability. Call us at (702) 222-9999 or send us an email to schedule a consultation today.