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How is alimony determined?

Most Houston area couples believe that their marriage will stand the test of time. But statistics show that a large number will end. In the event of a divorce, a spouse may wonder whether or not they will be awarded spousal support if he or she requests alimony.

How is alimony determined? Alimony is usually awarded to help eliminate any economic advantages that one spouse may have. Many couples have one spouse who makes significantly more money than the other, so alimony is a way to make the discrepancy fairer in the event of a divorce. Many times, one spouse stays at home to take care of the family so alimony is often awarded in order for that spouse to have the time to gain job skills or to keep the lifestyle they had during the marriage.

Alimony is usually awarded as a temporary measure until the spouse is able to gain the necessary skills to be self-supporting. Occasionally, end dates are not listed and then payments continue until the court orders them to stop or a the spouse making the payments files for modification or for the payments to stop. No matter the length designated, alimony payments will end when the recipient spouse remarries.

The court looks at a number of factors in order to determine alimony. They may look at the age, physical condition and financial condition of the spouses. In addition, they can look at the length of time needed for the spouse to receive training or education. A court may also consider the couple's standard of living while married, the length of the marriage and the ability of the spouse to pay for alimony.

A legal professional skilled in family law can help a person who is facing a divorce and needs spousal support. They can represent their client and their financial needs and make sure they are receiving what they deserve.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Spousal support (alimony) basics", accessed on June 30, 2015

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