What Is Temporary Alimony?

The divorce is a challenging one, and the financial implications of this huge life change can be daunting. Spousal support, or alimony, is often a consideration during divorce, but there are several types. One of those is temporary alimony.

Alimony via temporary order

Temporary alimony, as the name suggests, is a type of alimony that is paid for a limited amount of time, generally until the divorce is finalized. It is often ordered during a court hearing before primary divorce proceedings begin.

The fact that alimony is ordered does not guarantee that additional alimony will be awarded post-divorce. Temporary alimony is often prescribed by a judge as a temporary court order during the early stages of a divorce proceeding. 

Temporary alimony is typically requested by a spouse who needs financial assistance during divorce proceedings. A spouse requesting temporary alimony must demonstrate that they are financially dependent on the other spouse and require support. The amount awarded is often based on the requesting spouse's financial needs and the paying spouse's ability to pay. Support orders can vary depending on the length of the divorce proceedings and the situation. 

If circumstances change, the court could modify or even terminate temporary alimony.

Who qualifies for temporary alimony?

Temporary alimony is typically awarded to a spouse who has a lower income or earning capacity than the other spouse. For example, a spouse who has sacrificed their career, education, or work experience to raise minor children may be entitled to temporary alimony. Additionally, a spouse who is unable to work due to an illness or disability may be eligible for temporary alimony. 

  • It's important to know that temporary alimony is not a final order; it’s an interim financial arrangement. Further, it’s not a form of punishment or entitlement. 
  • It’s also important to know that temporary alimony is separate from child support, which is another form of financial support dealt with in family law cases.


Here’s a brief overview of essential things to know about temporary alimony:

  • Temporary alimony is not the same as permanent alimony.
  • The amount and duration of the payment depends on several factors. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.
  • Temporary alimony usually lasts until the divorce proceeding is over and a more permanent settlement has been reached
  • Temporary alimony can be paid in a lump sum or in regular installments, depending on the agreement between both parties or the court's order.
  • If either spouse experiences significant changes in their finances, they can request a modification of the temporary alimony payment.

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