Unfortunately, there are some marriages that end in divorce. Throughout America there are over 3 million divorces each year. However, whether the single mother gets spousal support depends on a variety of different factors which include the spouses ability to pay and the amount of money that the other spouse receives. Therefore the types of spousal support for single mothers will depend on the overall financial situation of both parties. Here are some of the types of spousal support for single mothers and when they will be awarded.
The first type of spousal support for single mothers would be temporary spousal support or otherwise known as alimony. This type of support is usually given when the parties are separated but the divorce has yet to be finalized. This type of support is awarded to the single mother to allow them the ability to maintain the lifestyle that she had before the separation. Generally in order for a single mother to be awarded this type of support there would have to be a court order.
The next type of spousal support for single mothers would be rehabilitative spousal support. This type of support is only awarded for a short period of time and is basically meant to help the single mother rehabilitate herself. This type of support is most generally paid to help the mother receive job training, schooling, or job experience so that she may become self sufficient. This type of support is most generally set by the courts for a certain period of time. Either the parties involved can set the amount of time for the support to last or it can be decided by the courts. However, most generally the courts are the ones that decide the amount of time that the support will last.
Permanent Spousal Support is another type of spousal support for single mothers. This type of support will continue till death of either recipient or until the woman becomes remarried. However, there are times where this type of support will continue even after the single mom has remarried. One thing for the single mother to be aware of is that this type of support can be adjusted either up or down depending on the type of circumstances that may be involved.
Finally there is reimbursement spousal support. This type of support is often paid to reimburse either party for various expenses that may have incurred during the separation and divorce. This is also for things the spouse may have paid for during the marriage such as schooling and other expenses.
So as you can see there are a variety of different types of spousal support for single moms available. If you are facing a divorce you really need to do some research on which type of support that you may be able to receive. Also be sure to talk to your lawyer about these types of support as well. With proper comprehensive planning and support from the child’s father, you can make it after separation as a single mom.