Spousal support is something that many people wonder if they can get. You may want to separate from your spouse, but if you don’t have the financial support to do so, it could be difficult. Spousal support could be the answer to those concerns.
When you sit down and think about spousal support, it’s important to question a few things. Ask yourself:
- Do I know my budget and how much I need to live a similar lifestyle on my own?
- Do my spouse and I earn similar wages or have vastly different salaries?
- Do I have financial losses from the divorce, such as the money spent to provide for my spouse’s schooling while working toward a higher-paying career and the loss of that future income?
All of these kinds of questions can be helpful when you’re thinking about seeking spousal support.
No one is entitled to spousal support just by virtue of being divorced, but if you earn less than your spouse and need support to be able to go back to school or get settled in a new career, then it is something that you can ask for. If you and your spouse can’t agree on alimony, then the court may consider many factors before deciding if it will be awarded. The court may look at your age, health, the length of your marriage, the ability to pay support and other factors when determining if you should receive it.
Your attorney will work with you to build a strong case for spousal support, so you have a better chance of receiving what you ask for. Our site has more information on the steps to take next.