Spousal support laws throughout the United States seek to prevent a divorced spouse from suffering from a decrease in his or her standard of living and it is gender neutral.
Often times after divorce, one spouse is untrained or has been out of the workforce for such a significant amount of time that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for them to quickly attain a job or professional position that would allow them to maintain the standard of living that they may have had while they were married.
The first requirement is you must be getting a divorce or living separate and apart. If there is no divorce or separation, you cannot be ordered to pay, nor can you receive, spousal support.
Unlike child support, the court has discretion in determining if alimony should be awarded. Also there are additional requirements and factors considered in the decision.
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