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In many cases when a couple seeks to divorce, one spouse has been the
higher wage earner and provider for the family. Sometimes, the non-wage
earner or lower-wage earner has less education and skills than the higher
wage earning spouse. In order to ensure the economic and financial well
being of the lower-wage earning spouse, alimony payments may either be
agreed upon by the divorcing couple or set by the court. Alimony may be
permanent or rehabilitative based on the circumstances of the couple. The
guidelines used to determine spousal support payments are set by divorce
alimony laws, and each state's statutes concerning spousal support are
generally based on The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act. Most state's
alimony guidelines include the following considerations:
• The standard of living established during the marriage
• The length of the marriage
• The age as well as the physical and emotional condition of each spouse
• The length of time required for either spouse to obtain sufficient
education or training to secure appropriate employment
• The ability of the payer spouse to meet alimony obligations and still
support himself or herself
Additional guidelines may include considerations such as:
• The non-marital and marital financial resources of each spouse,
including income and debts
• The available sources of income for each spouse
• The contribution of and the services rendered by (i.e. child care) each
spouse during the marriage
According to divorce alimony laws, rehabilitative alimony requires that
there be a specific finding that one spouse is financially needy and
requires assistance from the other spouse in acquiring the skills needed
to obtain proper employment and adjust to a new life. It is assumed that
once the needy spouse has obtained employment and has achieved a level of
financial stability, alimony will no longer be necessary. In some cases
of rehabilitative alimony, a spouse may not be working because of young
children in the home. In these cases, once the youngest child is of
school age and the spouse is then able to work, alimony payments will be
terminated.
Temporary alimony may be awarded while a couple is separated and waiting
on the divorce to be finalized. As with rehabilitative alimony, there is
usually a set time limit for temporary alimony payments.
Permanent alimony, according to divorce alimony laws, is the indefinite
payment of spousal support. If the divorce decree does not specify a
termination date for the alimony payments, then spousal support is to
continue until the court determines that payments may be terminated.
Reduction in alimony payments may be determined by the court if certain
conditions are met by the payor spouse.
The laws regarding spousal support do vary by state, but most state
statutes follow the general guidelines established under The Uniform
Marriage and Divorce Act.
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