Spousal Maintenance

In a divorce, one party may be ordered to pay spousal maintenance (formerly called alimony) to the other for a period of time agreed to by the parties or determined by a judge. The amount and length of time maintenance is to be paid is determined after consideration of several factors, including each spouse’s:

  • level of education
  • employment
  • income history and potential
  • age
  • health
  • lifestyle during the marriage
  • reasonable living expenses
  • debts
  • pre-nuptial agreements
  • ability to contribute toward the support of the other

The spousal maintenance issue requires that three questions be considered:

  1. Should there be spousal maintenance at all?
  2. If so, how much?
  3. If so, for how long?

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