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How Does a Judge Determine Alimony?

Alimony is commonly awarded in a divorce to help the lower-income earning spouse maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. A judge will examine a vast array of factors when determining if and how much alimony should be awarded in a divorce. In cases where it is impossible to reestablish the marital standard of living, a judge may look for other ways to ensure the financial pain is not relegated to only one spouse.

Determining Alimony in a Divorce Case

No two divorces are alike and, therefore, neither is the amount of alimony awarded. To determine alimony, a judge will look at several factors.

Below are some of the factors a judge will examine:

  • The amount each party may reasonably earn every month.
  • The reasonable expenses each party will incur.
  • If alimony can make it possible for the receiving party to maintain a lifestyle that is close to what the couple had during the marriage.
  • The length of the marriage.
  • The age and health of each spouse.
  • The earning capacity of each spouse.
  • The financial situation of each spouse.
  • The economic and non-economic contributions each spouse made the marriage.
  • Any economic opportunities lost due to the marriage.
  • Any other factor a judge deems pertinent to determining if and how much alimony should be awarded.

Additionally, a judge will also determine how long alimony should last. The length of time alimony lasts is not the same in every case. That said, if your financial circumstances change or your former spouse’s situation changes, you may be able to petition the court for a modification of your alimony payments to accommodate your ever-evolving life. However, you will need an experienced family law attorney to advocate on your behalf.

Schedule an Initial Consultation with Our Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney Today!

If you are getting a divorce, you should hire a skilled family law attorney to represent your case and ensure you receive the best possible results for your case. At the Law Office of Jody L. Fisher, our attorney has more than 17 years of legal experience and is committed to helping families navigate some of the most sensitive matters. We understand how crucial alimony is in a divorce and will do what we can to obtain a fair arrangement.

Reach out to our law office today at (352) 503-4111 to set up a consultation with our family law attorney to discuss the details of your case.

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