Spousal support is a big concern during most divorces. Because of this, it is helpful for divorcing couples to know how and when spousal support may be granted during their divorce.
Spousal support is a payment paid by one former spouse to the other former spouse. In certain circumstances, spousal support may be awarded by the family law court during divorces. Spousal support can be awarded in different ways during a divorce. It may be awarded on a temporary basis during the divorce, but may also be awarded as part of the final divorce settlement.
The family law court considers different factors when determining spousal support, including: how long the couple was married; the ages of the spouses; the education and employment statuses of each of the spouses; and the necessary expenses of the spouses. The spouses can also agree to spousal support and are encouraged to reach an agreement if possible. In general, divorcing couples are encouraged to resolve as many divorce-related issues by working them out together as possible.
Divorcing couples may be able to resolve divorce-related issues, including spousal support, in a manner that is best for them and their family. However, if they are unable to do so, the family law court can help them resolve their concerns. Divorce-related concerns divorcing couples will need to resolve also include child support, child custody and property division. It is also important to be familiar with support modification resources which, in the case of child support, may be available based on a significant change in circumstances of the child or parent. When a couple has made the decision to divorce, they should ensure they understand family law resources and how they can help them with spousal support and other issues during their divorce.