Spousal support is an order made by the court to one spouse to allow them to transition from a relationship where they did not work or took a job paying substantially less so they could care for the children, elderly relatives or simply maintain the home and support their higher earning spouse.
If one spouse has not worked or has under earned to allow them more time to support the family and the higher income spouse, the court will order spousal support.
The amount will vary according to the age of the spouse, the number of years they didn’t work and why, what their earning potential is going forward, how long it will take them to become financially stable and the income of the other spouse.
The goal is to ensure the disadvantaged spouse continues a lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
If the parties can’t agree on spousal support, a court will have to decide on an appropriate level, if any.
If you are considering a separation or divorce or you’ve been served with notice of a pending hearing in regards to support or believe you may be entitled to support, call us.