In a marriage, there are often situations where one spouse brings in more income than the other. Sometimes, both spouses bring in a significant income while in other marriages, one spouse may be the primary source of income for the family. If a couple makes the decision to get divorced and only one of them is the primary source of income, one spouse may want to seek spousal support. Of course, not all divorces will require a spousal support award because each party is financially independent of one another.
When spousal support is applicable in a divorce but the matter is contested, the court may have to resolve this issue on the couple’s behalf. The court will take a number of different factors into consideration, such as:
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and health of each party
- The earning capacity of each party
- The tax consequences that an alimony award may have
- The standard of living that was established during the marriage
- The parental responsibilities that each party has, such as the custody agreement
- The ability of the independent party to provide support to the other spouse
- The needs of the dependent spouse
- The necessary education or career training for the dependent spouse
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