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Alimony Factors

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In a divorce, a court may award alimony to one person. Alimony generally is designed to maintain an economically dependent spouse in a lifestyle to which he or she had become accustomed during the marriage.

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Factors That Determine Alimony

This determination, as well as the determination of the type, amount of support or its duration, is made by applying a number of factors.

These factors can include, but are not limited to:

  • The need of both parties and their ability to pay
  • The age of each party and their mental and physical health
  • The education levels and/or vocational skills of both parties
  • The earning capacity of both parties including how long the party seeking alimony has been out of the job market and the time it will take for them to train for and find a job
  • The ability of each party to maintain a similar standard of living as they had during the marriage
  • Any responsibilities each parent has toward their child or children
  • The contributions to child care and the marriage
  • The distribution of property in the divorce agreement
  • Additional income available to each party in non-marital accounts or investments
  • Any tax consequences to both parties
  • Any other factors the court may deem appropriate

If you think you should receive alimony, contact our Monmouth County alimony lawyer. We can help. Call the Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC at (732) 624-6343 or fill out our secure online form. Your first consultation is free.

Additional Considerations

There are also many circumstances that can trigger the modification of alimony, including, but not limited to:

  • An increase in expenses
  • Cohabitation of the receiving spouse
  • A good faith retirement
  • An increase or decrease in the supporting spouse's income
  • Illness and/or disability of the supporting spouse

When making decisions regarding awarding alimony or spousal support in a divorce, the court will consider a number of factors. There is no formula or guideline like there is for determining child support.

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Receiving, paying, or modifying alimony are complex issues to determine that are unique in every case. It takes an experienced divorce attorney the help you negotiate and come to a reasonable agreement. Talk to our alimony lawyers in Monmouth County at the Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC -- we have over six decades of combined experience!

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