Alimony payments are the bane of some people's existence. It is easy to see why. Most people don't want to have to support an ex after the divorce. Still, these spousal support payments do provide a necessary safety net for some individuals. Think about this -- it wouldn't really be appropriate to expect a housewife of 30 years to suddenly find a job that will support her.
There are many different things that you can think about when you are going up against an ex who wants you to pay spousal support. One of these is that you might not have to deal with permanent spousal support. The court can set a limit to how long the payments will last. This is beneficial because you can start the countdown to the last payment and it gives your ex an idea of how long he or she has to find another way for self support.
Depending on your finances, you might also be able to find out if you can just pay a lump sum for spousal support. This type of alimony means that you won't have to make regular payments. Instead, you pay once and you are done with having to deal with your ex.
We know that you might have a lot to think about in this matter. We want you to think carefully about the options that you have and learn about what the law says about your case. This gives you a chance to think about a plan to address your ex's petition. Just make sure you are thinking clearly about the situation instead of focusing on an emotional response.