Spousal support or spousal maintenance, which used to be called alimony, is not awarded in every divorce case. Either party in a divorce proceeding can request spousal support, but whether they get it or not depends on many things. A judge determines if this type of financial support is appropriate by examining the information received regarding length of marriage, how much each person can earn, educational levels and needs, medical and health issues, and more. Spousal maintenance can be long-term or temporary, lasting for a limited amount of time.
In a high-asset or high net worth divorce cases, involving individuals with substantial marital assets, it is critical to discover, present and define the reasonable needs of the dependent spouse. Spousal support and Maintenance (alimony) are extremely important issues, especially when the financial stakes are high.
Divorce can cause a great deal of disruption in the lives and lifestyles of the parties involved and place unfair financial consequences on one spouse or the other. However, if one spouse has been hampered in pursuing an education or career advancement during the marriage, these situations will be considered in the final decision. If one party in a divorce case has become accustomed to a certain lifestyle “standard” that was established during marriage, spousal support such as alimony, maintenance or palimony, is an option that may be considered.
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Courts take various factors into account when making support rulings. These include:
No matter how complicated your particular divorce situation is, we have the knowledge and expertise to seek out and achieve the best possible outcome for you. We represent divorcing spouses who want support paid to them, as well as and those that need representation to defend against it. And while we make every effort to settle matters through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution, we also are well-known as skilled litigators who will fight for your interests in court.
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