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How does the court determine the amount of alimony to be paid?

As you go through the divorce process, there are many details to work through. At some point, you may find yourself thinking one of two things:

-- You may be able to receive alimony from your former spouse in the future.

-- You may have to pay alimony to your ex-spouse in the future.

Regardless of your situation, you'll want to learn more about the finer details of alimony. For example, it's important to have a clear understanding of the factors the court considers when calculating the amount of alimony to be paid.

Unlike child support, there are no guidelines that clearly outline how much alimony should be paid. Instead, the court looks at a variety of factors, including but not always limited to:

-- The age, health and financial condition of both individuals

-- The length of the marriage

-- The standard of living while the couple was married

-- The ability of the person paying alimony to also support him or herself

-- The amount of time it would take the person receiving alimony to obtain the education or training necessary to support him or herself

Do you have reason to believe that you should be receiving alimony from your ex-spouse? As you go through your divorce, don't wait to learn more about your legal rights. There is no guarantee that the court will agree with you, but there are steps you can take to improve your chance of receiving spousal support. An attorney can explain more about the particulars of alimony.

With regular alimony payments, you may find it easier to move on from your relationship.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed May 09, 2017

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