spousal maintenance in divorce

Spousal Support / Alimony

Spousal support, sometimes called alimony or spousal maintenance, is likely an issue whenever there is a significant difference in personal income between the two spouses.

What Is It For?

Spousal support designed to provide the lower-income spouse with money for living expenses regardless of gender.

Courts make determinations regarding spousal support after considering many factors such as:

  • the length of the marriage,
  • the standard of living during the marriage,
  • as well as the age,
  • health,
  • earning capacity and
  • job histories of both individuals.

The issue of spousal support modification can have a profound impact on how they live day-to-day and plan for retirement. In many of our cases, we must negotiate or litigate to achieve a minimization or termination of this sometimes oppressive obligation in our client’s best interest.

ALERT: The new tax plan Congress passed in Dec. 2017 will have a variety of lasting consequences, and one area that will feel this is spousal support. The new tax plan abolishes a deduction on alimony that’s been in place for more than 70 years.

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