How much spousal support is awarded ultimately is determined by how much property and assets are involved. A court takes into consideration the reasonable lifestyle lived before the divorce and the amount of the marital estate. If one spouse has sufficient income to preserve his or her share of the property settlement and the other does not, spousal support is generally given appropriate.
When Spousal Support is awarded:
Factors to be considered by a trial court in awarding spousal support include:
- Past relations and conduct of parties
- Length of the marriage
- Age of the parties
- Ability to work
- Present situation of parties
- Needs of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Ability to pay alimony
- Source and amount of property awarded the parties
- Prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others
- General principles of equity (fairness)
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