After divorce, one spouse might require financial support to live independently. Each separation is unique, and the courts evaluate all the circumstances when determining if financial support is necessary.
Knowing the answers to these frequently asked questions about spousal support can help both parties understand what to expect in a divorce.
What factors determine spousal support eligibility?
The purpose of spousal support is to assist those with less income work towards financial independence after divorce. However, each person’s ability to become independent depends on the following factors:
- Work experience
- Assets available to both parties
- Length of the marriage
Courts often consider multiple factors when one spouse earned most of the income during the marriage.
How long does spousal support last?
Spousal support may or may not be a permanent option. After analyzing the different qualification factors, the courts determine how long a person may need support. Usually, the length of the marriage and each person’s current income have the most influence on how long one party receives financial support.
Are there situations that change the amount of spousal support?
There are occasions when spousal support requires adjustment. Changes in the following situations may warrant an increase or decrease in the support payments:
- The death of one spouse
- An increase or decrease in either party’s income
- The remarriage or cohabitation of the receiving party
Changes in support payments do not occur automatically. One spouse must file for an amendment with the courts.
Spousal support can be vital after divorce. Understanding what to expect may encourage both parties to plan for ways to be financially independent.