When spouses are in the process of getting a divorce, there may be a claim for spousal support. Spousal support is a monetary payment from a former spouse to the other. The support is designed to help spouses maintain the standard of living experienced during the course of the marriage, even when the marriage has fallen apart.
There are two kinds of support available to spouses when divorcing: post-separation support and alimony. Post-separation support is temporary support that is usually paid until an award of alimony has been decided. Alimony is an ongoing, long-term support that continues after the divorce. The amount for post-separation and alimony can either be determined by agreement, between the spouses, or ordered by the court.
Unlike child support, there are no “guidelines” to determine the appropriate amount of spousal support. Spousal support is typically awarded when there is a (1) financially supporting spouse, (2) a financially dependent spouse, and (3) the dependent spouse is in need of financial support from the support spouse. The amount of support is based on many statutory factors as well as the discretion of the trial court.
Jerkins Family Law can help protect your interest in spousal support whether you are seeking support from it or defending a claim against it. Separating from a spouse can be a difficult and stressful time. Contact Jerkins Family Law today to speak with an experienced attorney about your personal situation and we will be there for you every step of the way.