The Lawletter Vol 43 No 8
Permanent alimony awards are still alive and well in many states, especially when the marriage is long and there is substantial income disparity between the spouses. When the court determines the amount of alimony, what effect do the receiving spouse's assets have upon the award?
A good example of a modern permanent alimony case is Sweeney v. Sweeney, 420 S.C. 69, 75, 800 S.E.2d 148, 151 (Ct. App. 2017). The marriage there lasted for 28 years from marriage to filing of the divorce action. The husband had gross income of $34,100 per month, or $409,200 per year. The wife's gross income was very limited. Sweeney was clearly a permanent alimony case.Read More