Determining Spousal Support Payments and Duration

The court has broad discretion to award any amount of money that is necessary for the support of the recipient spouse as long as the court’s decision is based on the facts and the circumstances existing at the time the award is granted. The facts are essential in spousal support cases and get carefully reviewed by Judges. Your attorney will play a big part in showing the necessary information and facts to help you reach the goals you are hoping for in regard to maintenance payments.

The Judge will examine the following before awarding spousal support:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The conduct of the parties during the marriage
  • Age and health of the parties
  • Occupations of the parties and their incomes
  • Sources of income
  • Vocational skills and employability of the spouses
  • Assets and debts of the parties
  • Any special needs of the parties
  • The opportunity of the parties to acquire future income and assets

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