Resolving divorces, legal separations and other family law matters through the mediation process has become popular among many people familiar with the mediation profession. This even includes older couples whose children are already grown up and out of the family home.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, state courts who are hearing a divorce case can award spousal support, which is commonly referred to as alimony. As the name implies, spousal support is a payment, or payments, which one spouse makes for the support of the other spouse so that both can leave their relationship on reasonably solid financial footing. Spousal support is also available following a legal separation, although a court may not be able to be as creative when fashioning an award.