Alimony for spouses

Alimony for spouses

Divorce does not mean economic independence for both partners. In certain circumstances, a spouse cannot be expected to take up gainful employment. If, for example, the woman was the main childcarer and did not have a job during the marriage, if the husband or wife is old, frail or in training, he or she is entitled to receive alimony. However, this only applies if the other partner is gainfully employed and not poor. The court determines the monthly allowance according to the documents submitted. Both partners are obliged to procure the relevant documents. The spouses can work out their own agreement, if they wish. If the partner liable to pay alimony fails to do so, the other partner can apply to social services for enforcement. Social services will issue a reminder to the person liable to pay alimony. If this does not help, enforcement procedures will be initiated. The legal enforcement will run up a collection bill (CHF 1000 max, or 10% of the amount due) which both spouses will have to repay, if their financial situation allows it.

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