What is considered for spousal maintenance?

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When couples go through a divorce, the effects can be life-changing. The dissolution of a marriage can be an emotional time. It also will involve many other factors that change with it. If children are part of the family, child custody and child support will need to be decided upon. Other factors, such as alimony or spousal support, may need to be resolved as well. These types of payments are made so that the dependent spouse can live on their own without being in financial trouble. They need the help of the independent spouse during this time. These types of payments can become a heated subject matter between spouses since they are sometimes resentful toward one another and do not want to pay money to help the other. This is why the court decides on the matter.

Courts take many factors into the consideration of spousal support. They work to ensure that the decision is a just and fair one. The court wants to make sure the dependent spouse has adequately met their needs. As a firm that practices in divorce law, we can provide you with the representation you need to fight for spousal support. We want to ensure that you are taken care of in the best possible way. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve. We can also help independent spouses from being taken advantage of for their ability to provide.

The amount of spousal maintenance may be from 15 to 30% of a marriage that lasted 15 years or under. When a marriage lasted between 16 to 20 years, it can be from 30 to 40%. As the length of the marriage increases, the percentage increases as well. The percentage of 35 to 50% is provided in spousal maintenance for those in a marriage that lasted 20 years or more. Spousal maintenance is important for the dependent spouse. They may be unable to support themselves financially due to a lack of a career. In marriage, spouses have different roles. One parent may have a job to provide for the family. The other parent may take care of the children. This parent may be the dependent spouse after the divorce since they will not have a source of income. They need the financial support while they look for a means to make money. First, they may need to gain training for a job.

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