01. Family Law
Spousal Support - aka - Alimony
Unlike with child support, there is no spousal support formula that determines whether or not an award of spousal will be awarded. Spousal support is decided on a case-by-case basis.
There are several different reasons why a party may be entitled to spousal support. Sometimes spousal support is awarded to make sure that both parties are taken care of after a divorce. Sometimes it is awarded if one party will be financially worse off after a divorce and the other party's income would allow for them to contribute to make up the difference.
When determining if an award of spousal support would be proper, a judge sitting in a family court will consider several factors.
The length of the marriage
Each party's behavior during the marriage
The age of the parties
Each party's ability to earn income
Whether a party has the means to pay spousal support
The health of each party
The needs of each party
Whether either party has people to support
What each party has contributed to the marital estate
This is not meant to be an all inclusive list as each case is unique, but the items listed above are important considerations to keep in mind.
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