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How is Spousal Support Determined?

Are you wondering how spousal support works in Alabama? If you are considering filing for divorce, then finances have most certainly crossed your mind. It is scary to go from two incomes to just one, especially if your spouse has a much higher income than you. In cases like this, the Alabama court may order one spouse to pay support to the other either during or after the divorce is finalized. This type of support goes by many names including spousal support, spousal maintenance, spousal allowance or alimony. The court wants to make sure that when to people separate or divorce and there is vast difference in their level of incomes the lower income spouse needs to be able to afford their living expenses. Both spouses should be able to leave the marriage and still maintain the same standard of living they had prior to the divorce.

So how is alimony calculated in Alabama?

In order to be eligible for alimony in this state, the court must see that you have the financial need and that your spouse has the ability to pay you financial support. When considering eligibility in Alabama the court will look at several determining factors including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age of each spouse
  • The mental and physical health of each spouse
  • The ability of the lower earning party to contribute
  • The past role of the spouse (homemaker, caring for the children)
  • Each party's earning capacity and opportunity to make a living
  • What the needs of the children/dependents are
  • if one party's conduct contributed to the breakdown of the marriage union

Aside from those major contributing factors there is no exact formula which governs how alimony is to be calculated in Alabama. To find out how much alimony you could be eligible for, speak with a divorce lawyer from Stephen F. Thompson, Jr., Attorney at Law about your case.

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