Alimony – Spousal Support
Alimony, also commonly referred to as spousal support, is a financially supportive payment made from one spouse to another in the event of a divorce.
In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, the court may grant alimony to either party, in which alimony may be rehabilitative or permanent in nature. In any award of alimony, the court may order periodic payments or payments in a lump sum or both. The court may consider acts of adultery on the part of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.
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When determining a proper award of alimony or maintenance, the court may consider all relevant economic factors, including but not limited to:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
- The financial resources of each party, the non-marital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each
- When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
- All sources of income available to either party, and
- any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties
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If the court determines is necessary to protect an award of alimony, the court may order the one paying alimony to purchase or maintain a life insurance policy or a bond or to otherwise secure such alimony award with any other assets which may be suitable for the purpose of securing the court-ordered alimony payments.
If either party’s financial standing or other relevant factors significantly change, either party may petition the court to seek an increase or decrease in the amount of alimony to be paid, or to have the alimony – spousal support payments terminated. This is considered a post-judgment alimony modification.
A modification to court-ordered alimony may also be negotiated through mediation, and if agreed upon by both parties, the alimony modification must still be made official by asking the court to agree and sign-off on the alimony modification agreement.
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