http://www.wistv.com/story/29067012/man ... e-his-homeMan says alimony payments could cause him to lose his home
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
"Til death do us part" is a vow most couples make when they get married, but not all marriages last.
When a couple decides to divorce, in some cases, one spouse must pay alimony. There are several types of alimony in South Carolina, including rehabilitative alimony, which is paid for a certain number of years. There's also lump sum alimony, which can be paid all at once, or through a series of payments. Permanent periodic alimony, which experts say is the most common type of alimony awarded in South Carolina, has to be paid until either person died, or the person getting paid remarries or lives with someone for at least three months.
One couple in the Upstate said because of permanent alimony, they might be forced to lose their home.
"This is my whole world right here," Joe, 81, said about his wife, Rachel.
Joe and Rachel have been married for 30 years. Both asked us not to use their last name for this story.
"He's a strong man because he's had malignant lung cancer, he's had colon surgery, he's had knee surgery, he's had back surgery," Rachel said.
Joe has made it through the health issues, but there is something he hasn't be able to get away from in decades.
"I've paid close to a half-million dollars in alimony," Joe said.
Joe has been paying alimony to his first wife for 35 years -- longer than their marriage..........
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