If you are divorcing your spouse and make less income, it is likely a judge may award you alimony to help ensure the standard of living you had during the marriage is maintained in the aftermath. There are several factors a judge will consider before rendering this important decision, though family courts are generally given a substantial amount of discretion regarding such matters. Continue reading to learn more about the factors involved in determining alimony.
Factors Considered When Determining Alimony
Child support is calculated using very specific guidelines. Alimony, however, is a much less precise process. That said, there are some factors family courts typically consider when determining alimony.
Below are some of the factors a judge will review:
- The financial condition, physical condition, emotional condition, and age of both spouses
- The duration of the marriage
- The standard of living maintained during the marriage
- The ability of the paying spouse to support the receiving spouse while maintaining his or her own household
- The length of time the receiving spouse would need to become self-sufficient
It is possible for a receiving or paying spouse to petition the court for a modification if there is a substantial change in circumstances. For example, if you get remarried and were receiving alimony, the order would be terminated. Alimony payments may also be terminated if you live with a new romantic partner. Of course, alimony may also be increased in a number of other circumstances as well. For example, if your former spouse receives a substantial increase in pay, you may petition the court to have these payments increased.
Alimony is as varied as the individuals involved, so it is crucial to seek skilled legal representation to ensure you receive the best possible results for your case.
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If you are divorcing your spouse, one of the issues that will arise during the process is alimony. At the Jody L. Fisher, our family law attorney is committed to helping clients navigate some of the most difficult legal matters, so they can move on into the next chapter in life. We understand how crucial a fair alimony decision is in a divorce and will work diligently on your behalf to assist you in achieving your goals.
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