Divorce is a complicated affair and often involves addressing a range of emotional and financial concerns, including alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support. Alimony is one of the most contentious issues during divorce since a spouse may be unwilling and unhappy about making payments to their ex-husband or ex-wife. However, there are several situations where alimony is necessary, and divorcing couples need to understand how alimony laws apply to their specific case.
Who Can Recieve Alimony?
Divorcing spouses can negotiate the terms of alimony and reach their own agreement regarding the duration and amount of alimony to be paid. Alternatively, a spouse can petition the court for a sposual maintenance award. If the decision is left up to the court, the court will consider the following factors when deciding whether alimony is appropriate in a divorce case:
The age and the physical and emotional condition of the receiving spouse...