Spousal support is often a very contentious and confusing issue. Unlike child support, there is no “guideline” amount of spousal support which is recommended by the court system. Each spousal support case is taken on a case-by-case basis, by the court. The judge will analyze the facts of each case, each spouse’s income and each spouse’s reasonable needs before making a determination of spousal support.
There are two types of spousal support: Post-separation Support and Alimony.
There are also distinct differences in these two types of support.
The main difference is that a post-separation support amount is established during the period of separation before the parties are divorced and is typically short-term in length, to allow one spouse to subsist during the pending litigation. Alimony is typically established before or after divorce but is often longer in term and is ordered so that the dependent spouse can maintain a home for himself/herself after divorce.
There are several factors which need to be considered when contemplating an action for spousal support, or when defending against such action.
We represent both supporting and dependant spouses in these cases. Our firm is very thorough in gathering facts and documentation from each client to represent him/her zealously in seeking or defending against the spousal support claim. It is very important to our firm that we work directly with each client to best understand the facts and circumstances surrounding their individual case.