Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Alimony Labels

Labels can be very important in alimony.  The main reason is for modification purposes.  Lump sum alimony is not modifiable in Mississippi while periodic and rehabilitative may be under the right circumstances.  A party can spend a lot of money defending a claim to increase alimony when they allege some new change in their health.  However, if the alimony is nonmodifiable, it runs both ways for the payor and payee.  I was able have a claim summarily dismissed under these circumstances a while back.  This is something to think about when the property settlements are being drafted.

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