Attorneys Specializing in Spousal Support Matters
Whether you are seeking spousal support or challenging it, our attorneys are ready and able to assist you. We can provide important legal advice concerning your spousal support rights and possible obligations. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney as soon as possible when spousal support issues arise. The facts of your case will determine your potential obligation to pay spousal support, as well as your right to receive spousal support.
What is spousal support?
Spousal support is an amount of monetary support paid to the more financially dependent spouse. Payments are intended to equalize the living conditions of each of the parties after the marriage has dissolved. The terms “spousal support” and “alimony” (also “maintenance”) are generally used interchangeably. In determining the amount of spousal support, the court can consider whether one spouse may have given up opportunities in the job market in order to promote non-monetary objectives of the family, such as caring for children. Irrespective of the reasons, the “dependent” spouse should not have to bear the entire cost of not having worked outside of the home in the event that the parties separate.