Alimony, also known as spousal support, is financial support sometimes awarded in separation and divorce cases. A claim for alimony generally is met with stiff resistance, and cases involving alimony typically are very contentious. Because South Carolina statutes bar an adulterous spouse from receiving alimony, private investigators often are involved to verify and document marital misconduct.
South Carolina law defines at least four different types of alimony. It is not automatically awarded and the factors involved in its award are numerous and complex. A family court judge has broad discretion to determine whether and what type of alimony is appropriate, and if so there is equally broad discretion to determine the appropriate amount.
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