By Kenneth Corbin, Barron’s featuring Samantha Garcia, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA®, Wealth Advisor at Halbert Hargrove

As the divorce mediation went on, it became clear that the two separating parties weren’t comfortable with the emerging alimony arrangements. The husband, a doctor, was concerned that a protracted alimony obligation could delay his retirement. The wife, who stayed home to raise the couple’s five children, worried that the alimony payments would tether her to her husband for another 12 years, and that they would shut off if she were to remarry.

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