You need and deserve financial stability post-divorce. To achieve this outcome, you should be prepared to aggressively negotiate the division of marital property, but you also need to be ready to fight for spousal support if doing so is warranted.
What goes into a spousal support determination?
Before you argue for alimony, though, you should have a basic understanding of what goes into a court’s determination of these matters. When a court considers entering a spousal support order, it can take into account any of the following factors:
- Each spouse’s earnings capacity
- Each spouse’s marketable skills
- The job market for each spouse’s profession
- The extent that future employment will be affected by periods of unemployment that were incurred during the marriage
- The marital standard of living
- The supporting spouse’s ability to pay a support obligation
- Each spouse’s age
- Each spouse’s health
- Any history of domestic violence
Remember that these are just some of the factors that the court can take into consideration. In fact, the court can take any factor that it considers relevant into consideration so long as doing so is just and fair.
Building the persuasive spousal support argument that you need
Spousal support disputes can be highly contentious, and for good reason. After all, depending on the amount and length of the order, an extensive amount of money may change hands. With so much on the line, you owe it to yourself to ensure that you put forth the best arguments possible to support your position. If you want to find out how to go about doing that, then you might want to discuss the particularities of your situation with an experienced divorce attorney.