Posted on May 1, 2021

Montagna Klein Camden, L.L.P.

What Is Spousal Support?

Spousal support is a payment that one spouse provides to the other while the divorce is pending and, if necessary, for a period of time after the judge finalizes the divorce. The purpose of spousal support is meant to ensure that both spouses can meet their financial obligations and maintain a lifestyle that is as close to their marital lifestyle as possible.

Once the court decides that spousal support is applicable, it will take into consideration a variety of factors in order to determine the amount of spousal support, how long it should be paid, and how often payments should be made. The following is a non-exhaustive list of those factors:

- The couple’s standard of living during the duration of the marriage
- The obligations, needs, and financial resources of the spouses, including income from pension, profit-sharing, or retirement plans
- The duration of the marriage
- The age, the physical and mental condition of both parties and any circumstances unique to the family, etc.

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