Sometimes after separation, one spouse is in a worser condition than he was previously. The reason why there is spousal support is to make sure that both parties after separation are not left in a condition that is worse than what they had been in initially.
Factors that will determine Spousal Support
Prior to determining spousal support, the court will consider if there is any child support that needs to be paid. After completing the obligation towards child support, the courts consider spousal support according to the spousal support advisory guidelines test. The courts will consider the following:
- Length of Marriage.
- How each spouse contributed to the marriage.
- Financial dependency of each spouse while they were married.
- Any agreements that the couple made during their marriage.
- Financial disadvantage to each spouse.
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