Spousal support is part of the overall property division in a divorce. It is a financial payment from one spouse to another. Formerly known as alimony, it was always meant to help and protect a former spouse who was incapable of providing for themselves financially. Spousal support is separate from child support and should be fair and just to both parties. This means that if one partner makes considerably more money than the other, a form of spousal support should be paid.

Spousal Support is Far From Simple

In many states, the spousal support laws are gender- neutral which means that either party, male or female, can be awarded support. Spousal support cases are far from simple, there are a number of factors taken into account and are decided on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as the ability of each party to work, their prior standard of living and each parties’ responsibility for the support of others are taken into consideration by the courts. Other factors include the length of the marriage, age of the parties and general equity. Depending on which route you choose in or out of the courts, the spousal support settlement can either be modifiable or non-modifiable.

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