Spousal support (alimony) may be awarded in divorce cases if one spouse makes substantially more money than the other spouse or one spouse did not work to maintain the family home and care for the children. There are 2 types of spousal support: temporary and permanent.
Temporary spousal support may be awarded while a divorce is pending. The amount awarded is based on county guidelines, but the general goal of temporary support is to equalize the parties’ incomes and maintain the status quo until the divorce is finalized.
The court may also order a party to pay permanent support after the divorce is finalized. The court considers several factors to the determine whether to award permanent support and the amount of support, including but not limited to the length of the marriage, the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage, the ability of the supporting spouse to pay support, the supported spouse’s marketable skills and ability to obtain employment, and the age and health of the parties.
If you have questions about your potential support obligations in your divorce or the amount of support your spouse may be required to pay you, please contact the Law Office of Matthew J. Jensen for a consultation.
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