Spousal support is a complex topic, and many people try to avoid it because of the potential for it to be contentious. It is no secret that many people believe that spousal support is outdated. It was originally designed for women who would need to be cared for after a divorce due to limited job prospects. That isn't the reality today for most people, but support may still be necessary.
How do you seek spousal support?
Before you can officially start receiving spousal support, you'll need to have it legally established through a court case. You are allowed to ask for spousal support to be paid while your case is ongoing, which is a unique aspect of this support order.
When you first are awarded support, it may be under the term "temporary spousal support." Once your divorce is finalized, it may change to permanent or long-term support.
How is support calculated?
Judges consider a number of factors including:
- If having a job would make it too difficult to care for children
- The tax impact of support on either spouse
- The length of your marriage
- The needs of each person based on the standard of living established during the marriage
- The age and health of the individuals
- If there was any domestic violence during the marriage
- And more.
If you are interested in receiving spousal support, you should look into doing so as soon as possible. Our website has more information on spousal support and how you can apply for the support you need during or following your divorce.