Trading Marital Property for Additional Alimony

By Lauren Williams

The division of property has replaced alimony as the most litigated aspect of divorce. Today there is less of an emphasis on alimony because, in most households, both spouses are members of the workforce and, therefore, there is less, or often no need, for alimony.  In divorces where alimony is anticipated, there is often a give and take that can occur in negotiating for more alimony in exchange for less marital property.  In these cases it is important to remember that once marital property is received through divorce the transfer generally cannot be reversed.  In contrast, alimony awards may be modifiable if relevant circumstances have changed.  In addition, alimony usually ends if the recipient remarries.

Lauren Williams

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Lauren Williams is a legal writer for and the USA Law Network.