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What Is "Lump Sum" Spousal Support?

When discussing the topic of spousal support, "lump sum" can mean a few different things. If you're going through divorce, or are about to, learning about lump sum spousal support and the other types of spousal support can be important.

Spousal support is determined either by the court in contested divorce cases, or through mediation sessions in uncontested divorce cases. The first thing on the table to be decided is who is obligated to pay spousal support. Once this is determined, the amount and method of spousal support payment will be determined.

There are many different factors to consider when determining the amount of spousal support that we will not get into here. In this blog, we are discussing the different methods of spousal support, particularly, lump sum.

Many divorces result in temporary spousal support while many others result in permanent spousal support. Temporary spousal support payments are paid to the recipient for a predetermined amount of time and stop on a certain date. Permanent spousal support payments can stop at some point as well, but only after a court order is obtained.

A lump sum payment, like it sounds, is a "once and for all" spousal support payment made to the recipient rather than incremental payments. The court or the mediator will base the decision as to what method of spousal support is most favorable on a number of factors, including need and financial ability.

"Lump sum" can also sometimes refer to how reimbursement alimony is made. Reimbursement alimony is a way of one spouse "paying back" the money that was spent by the other spouse. Usually, reimbursement alimony is paid in situations where one spouse financially helped the other pay for their education.

To learn more about spousal support options, contact a Riverside divorce lawyer at Diefer Law Group, PC. Our firm passionately protects our clients' interests when going through a family law issues like divorce or a spousal support battle.