Types of Alimony / Spousal Support Self-Quiz










Peter and Jackie were married in an elaborate ceremony six months ago. Recently, Peter disclosed to Jackie that he could not continue in the marriage because he was gay. Jackie immediately sought an annulment, which was granted. During the annulment proceedings, Peter requested alimony because he was a full-time student when they married. He has another year left of his program. Peter needs $1,500 per month to maintain his monthly living expenses and another $1,000 per month for personal expenses. How much spousal support will the court award to Peter?

Choice 1 $1,500 per month for one year.
Choice 2 $2,500 per month for one year.
Choice 3 Zero.
Choice 4 $1,500 per month for life.

Philip and Beatrice were married for two years before they separated. Together they had one child, who is now 18 months old. Philip had a ten-year-old son from his second marriage. After their split, the court awarded Beatrice $250 per month in temporary alimony. Three years later when the divorce became final, Beatrice received a permanent award of $350 per month for five years. When does Beatrice’s temporary alimony award terminate?

Choice 1 Three years.
Choice 2 Five years.
Choice 3 For life.
Choice 4 Eight years.

Barbara and Herb enter into a divorce. Barbara, a psychologist by training, has not practiced in five years. She seeks rehabilitative alimony for sufficient time until she is able to resume practicing. To qualify again to see patients, she would need two years of additional education and training. Herb contends that this is unnecessary because she can easily get a minimum wage job now. What would the court hold?

Choice 1 The court would agree with Herb and deny an award of rehabilitative alimony.
Choice 2 The court would grant Barbara only living expenses and would expect her to start working another job while she brushed up on her field of expertise.
Choice 3 The court would make an equitable distribution of their marital property; however, it would deny her any alimony.
Choice 4 The court would grant Barbara rehabilitative alimony for the two years she needs to get re-certified.

Jada and Fred were married for 10 years before they split. During the time of their marriage, Fred managed the finances. Jada had a tendency to overspend (on her and the kids) because she had no experience living on a budget. When the court awards Jada alimony, which type would be best?

Choice 1 A lump sum payment.
Choice 2 Monthly checks from Fred to Jada.
Choice 3 An annuity that makes annual payments.
Choice 4 A trust that makes quarterly payments.

Isabel and Eric are in the middle of a messy divorce. Isabel initiated the breakup after 20 years of marriage because she felt that she had outgrown the relationship. During that period of time she had gone back to school to get her PhD in psychology and now has her own thriving practice. Eric still works as a mechanic at the local Ford dealership, although with overtime he makes a good salary. Both parties put in a request for alimony. Who is likely to receive permanent alimony and why?

Choice 1 Isabel because she is the wife.
Choice 2 Eric because he is the husband.
Choice 3 Neither Isabel nor Eric because they both work.
Choice 4 Eric because Isabel is the one who filed for divorce.

An alimony award is determined by the courts by evaluating the facts and circumstances of the case at hand. Which of the following factors are used to determine whether someone is entitled to alimony?

Choice 1 Duration of the marriage.
Choice 2 Earning capacity of the parties.
Choice 3 Standard of living established during the marriage.
Choice 4 All of the above.

Oscar was ordered to pay $500 per month in alimony to his ex-wife, Sheila, for a period of two years. Six months after he started making the payments, they suddenly stopped. Sheila went back to court to ask the court to force Oscar to make the payments. What possible criminal remedy could the court use to get Oscar to pay?

Choice 1 Imprisonment.
Choice 2 Wage garnishment.
Choice 3 Seizure of tax return.
Choice 4 None of the above.

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