What is nominal alimony?

Nominal alimony is a form of permanent periodic alimony ordered when the receiving spouse exhibits financial need but the payer spouse’s current ability to pay is inadequate because of child support, work related injury, temporary unemployment, etc. The court may then order the obligor spouse to pay an arbitrarily small amount, such as one dollar per year, in order to reserve the jurisdiction to modify the alimony award in the future if the obligor spouse’s ability to pay increases.

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