Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is calculated and determined by evaluating the ability of the higher wage-earning spouse to support the financial needs of the lower wage-earning spouse. The way spousal support is viewed and determined has evolved significantly over the past few decades, leading to a more modern interpretation.
The calculation of and conditions for spousal support vary depending on the jurisdiction of the Court however unlike child support, alimony is rarely determined through formulaic guidelines. Instead, the decision is usually left to the discretion of the Court. Often overlooked by the parties involved are potentially significant tax implications for both the payee and the payer. Questions about spousal support can be answered through consultation with an attorney.
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