Determining Alimony Payments

Determining Alimony Payments

Some state court systems are often hesitant to extend marital support to a spouse in a divorce case. Marital support, which is often referred to as alimony, is only granted to spouses who meet specific requirements. Once either spouse has been determined to be qualified for alimony, the amount of alimony is dependent on a number of specific factors. These factors generally deal with the ability of the spouse who is seeking assistance to provide for themselves.

The most important factor that is considered by many judges in applications for alimony is the financial resources of each spouse, but particularly the spouse seeking support. Another related topic of consideration is how much work or effort has been expended by the spouse to provide for their own financial support. A spouse’s ability to find employment, based either on education or skills, is an important consideration. Some courts are less likely to demand support be paid to a spouse who has adequate experience, education, and resources to provide for themselves.

Other important factors deal with the nature of the family and the reasons for the divorce itself. If a divorce has been caused by marital misbehavior by one party towards the other, there is a chance that this could make alimony more likely. Also, the ability of a parent to pay child support to the custodial parent is often considered more crucial than spousal support. If a spouse can not fully cover both, a court will typically ensure that the child is properly cared for.

These factors among others, are considered in many alimony cases. For more information on alimony proceedings, please visit the website of the Conroe alimony attorneys at Garg & Associates, P.C..