You are going through a divorce, so you sat down to work through your budget. Try as you might, you just haven't been able to work out a budget that makes living affordable.
You and your spouse both worked, but they made twice as much as you. It may not seem like a lot at $30,000 and $60,000 respectively, but once you sat down to budget, you realized how little $30,000 really buys. You would have to leave your neighborhood, may not be able to afford the small luxuries you were used to and might even struggle to pay the bills each month.
You're not alone in this situation. Many people have gone through their divorce budgets and found that they can't afford to live the way they did during their marriage. That's part of the reason why spousal support exists today. Spousal support, while normally temporary, provides an extra financial boost to a lesser-earning spouse. In your situation, it could mean receiving a few hundred dollars extra each month, so that you can afford to keep your vehicle or to live in a slightly nicer neighborhood.
Spousal support is usually temporary, but the length of time it lasts will depend on factors such as your health, the health of your spouse, how long you were married and other important details. You and your spouse have the right to work out a spousal support agreement on your own, or you can ask the court for help.
If you need help with your spousal support arrangements, your attorney can help. With good guidance, it's possible to ask for the support you need.