Experienced Insight For Spousal Support Arrangements
The purpose of spousal support is to balance the incomes and needs of the parties in a way that will not impoverish either party. Spousal support may be awarded if the property award is insufficient for the suitable support of either party and any children of the marriage to whom the party has custody. It is more common following a long-term marriage or where there is a large disparity of income between the parties.
The Calculation Of Spousal Support
Unlike child support, it is not a function of a formula. Instead, the court considers a number of factors when deciding whether to award spousal support, including:
- Past relations and conduct of the parties
- Length of the marriage
- Ability of the parties to work
- Source of and amount of property to be awarded to the parties
- Ages of the parties
- Ability of the parties to pay spousal support
- Present situation of the parties
- Needs of the parties
- Health of the parties
In some cases, a temporary spousal support award may be granted to help ease the dependent spouse’s transition into a self-supporting role.
Creating Fair And Accurate Spousal Support Agreements
Spousal support should be a fair and accurate calculation of a spouse’s needs. Speaking with an experienced family law attorney can help you avoid misunderstandings about spousal support. Attorney Delia A. Miller provides clarity for those seeking or having to pay spousal support. Whichever side of the spousal support spectrum you find yourself on, Delia can help you communicate your financial needs and create an efficient and fair support agreement.