Spousal Support

What Are the Deciding Factors For Spousal Support?

Spousal support or spousal maintenance, also known as "alimony", consists of a Court order to one of the spouses that requires them to assist the other financially, during the process of divorce and/or after the dissolution of the marriage. This financial assistance can be of extended or temporary duration. It can be permanent or modifiable. There are many factors at play in deciding alimony or spousal support issues.

Some basic factors involved are the length of the marriage and the gross or net income of each spouse. Other factors the Courts will take into account in their decision may include the following:

Some basic factors involved are the length of the marriage and the gross or net income of each spouse. Other factors the Courts will take into account in their decision may include the following:

Past relations and conduct of the parties
Length of the marriage
Ability of the parties to work
Source and amount of property awarded to the parties
Age of the parties
Ability of the parties to pay alimony
Present situation of the parties
Needs of the parties
Health of the parties
Prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others General principles of equity

Only after a careful review of these, and any other factors which might be pertinent in your particular case, can an equitable spousal support determination be made.  To obtain the most beneficial decision in your case, it is imperative to have a committed and aggressive lawyer to help fight for you and advise you in any spousal support or alimony matter.

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