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Who is Entitled to Spousal Support?

The Courts use the following information to Determine Spousal Maintenance:

  • each spouse’s ability to take care of their own minimal and basic needs independently considering all financial resources
  • the education and employment skills
  • does the spouse seeking support have the time necessary to acquire the education or training to enable them to earn sufficient income and is the training available and feasible.
  • the length of the marriage
  • the age, employment history, earning ability, physical and emotional health of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • whether either spouse is paying child support. Do these payments affect the spouse from the ability to take care of their basic needs.
  • whether either spouse has had excessive or abnormal expenditures or destruction, concealment, or fraudulent disposed of joint property.
  • whether one spouse contributed to the other spouse’s education, training, or increased the earning power of the other spouse.
  • the property each spouse brought to the marriage
  • whether one spouse was a homemaker
  • acts of adultery or cruel treatment by either spouse
  • any history of family violence