In my divorce, we have fought to come to a "fair value" for me of he split. My lawyer now says that if I ask alimony it will reduce my "package". Is that true? Isn't alimony separate and be awarded as such or is my lawyer correct? 2nd marraige/10 yrs no kids
1 Answer from Attorneys
As the courts are fond of saying: "Financial orders are a complex mosaic". It's a balancing act. If you want alimony, you may have to take less in asset division. To avoid the uncertainties of alimony (modification in the future if, say, he gets a big job promotion, or you get laid off), he might be willing to give you more in assets. If he has the risk of future alimony modification, he'll probably be less willing on the asset side. So sure, alimony is separate from asset division, but they aren't unrelated in the global settlement.