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How is the amount of spousal support calculated by the court?

As you go through a divorce, there may come a point when you want to learn more about spousal support. There are two reasons for this:

-- You think you are in position to receive alimony

-- You think the court may require you to make payments in the future

Regardless of what side of the fence you find yourself, it's important to understand that the court does not have a "set" formula to calculate spousal support.

Of course, there are a variety of details that help determine the amount of spousal support that may be paid from one person to the other. These include but are not always limited to:

-- The age of both individuals

-- The health, including the physical and mental condition, of each individual

-- The length of time it will take the recipient to find support for him or herself

-- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage

-- The period of time for which the couple was married

-- The ability of the person paying alimony to also support him or herself

After reviewing all these details, the court can then make a decision as to whether or not spousal support should be paid. If the answer is yes, one party should pay the other alimony, the court then uses these factors to decide on an amount. It may be paid monthly or the paying spouse can ask for an amount for a one-time,lump sum payment.

If you have reason to believe that you should receive spousal support payments after divorce, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and fight for what you believe in.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed April 27, 2017

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