Spousal support, sometimes often referred to as alimony, is a set of payments or one large payment that is made from one spouse to the other following a divorce or separation order. The intent of spousal support is to ensure that both parties are able to maintain the same or similar standard of living that they did while married. It helps a couple that is used to a combined income function separately after the life they have built together comes apart since one spouse often earns less than the other (or sometimes nothing at all).
However, it is important to note that spousal support is not a guarantee or a right following the dissolution of a marriage. It is not based on any marital misconduct and is not a consolation prize. Judges have a large range of discretion when they award spousal support so it is vital that you have a trusted and committed lawyer representing your best interests in your County’s court system.
There are many factors that can affect the amount of spousal support you receive that vary based on the type of spousal support you are requesting. The first is temporary spousal support which is paid while litigation is underway until the Final Order of Divorce is cleared. The second is permanent spousal support which is set for an indefinite amount of time. Given the length of support, it is vital that you have a lawyer acting on your behalf to ensure you receive an appropriate amount that will allow you to maintain your lifestyle.