Alimony and spousal support


Alimony and Spousal Support

How does the Court determine alimony?   Alimony is an award from one party for the support of the other when the parties are living separate. An award of alimony is made when appropriate in accordance with the needs of the party claiming a right to alimony and the other spouse’s ability to pay. Adultery and desertion may be asserted as a defense to the payment of alimony.  In determining the amount of alimony, the court considers:

  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties
  • Assets of each party
  • Time needed for a party to acquire education or training
  • Contributions of each party to homemaking, child care and career building of other party
  • Condition of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities and such other factors that may be equitable and proper

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