Spousal maintenance may be granted to a party who has devoted years as a stay-at-home parent or where there is a significant disparity of income. When a marital separation first occurs, temporary spousal support may be required to help the dependent spouse through the transition from dependant spouse to self-supporting single parent. The longer a marriage has lasted, the better the chance that permanent spousal support will be established by the court.

Factors that the courts consider when determining spousal support typically include the following:

  • The standard of living that the dependent spouse was accustomed to during the marriage.
  • Reimbursement of support that the dependent spouse provided the wage-earning spouse during medical school, business school or another educational program.
  • The educational level of the dependent spouse.
  • The health of the dependent spouse.
  • The ages of husband and wife.

In many cases, the courts will sanction spousal maintenance to allow the dependent spouse to go back to school and obtain job training for a new career with the goal of ultimate self-sufficiency. Usually any determination will be made according to the individual facts of the case and since there is no shortage of relevant factors that the court will look at when making this determination, it is important that you seek experienced and qualified legal representation to help you during this process.

Shane McClure has vast experience in all array of family law matters, including court appearances and can advise on the necessary documents required for starting a new relationship, ending a relationship, parenting disputes, and property disputes. Click here to contact us and make an enquiry. Shane McClure has the understanding and compassion to help you move forward into the future.

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