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How Is Spousal Support Calculated?

The amount provided through spousal support as well as the duration of the payments is decided in court after much consideration. Spousal support is a matter that will vary from case to case and there is not a strict calculation that will give you an exact number. If you are trying to get an idea about the alimony/spousal support payments that may be involved in your dissolution of marriage, you can take into account all of the following factors:

  1. The duration of the marriage
  2. The standard of living during the marriage
  3. The amount each person pays to keep the standard of living during the marriage
  4. The ability to have a job with consideration of children
  5. The age of both people
  6. The health of both people
  7. Any acts of domestic violence in the marriage

You can use these elements to get an idea of your spousal support calculation. For example, if you marriage lasted more than 10 years and there is a substantial difference between the incomes of you and your spouse, the support payments may be larger. The way that age and health plays a role is the consideration of each person's ability to find work or perform a job. If you are under 35 years old, you are most likely considered able to earn money and support yourself than if you are over 60 years old. A confusing aspect in this calculation is when you take into account the marital standard of living during the years of marriage. The judge tries to maintain the same economic position even when the parties separated that they had during the marriage. If you have any further questions about spousal support or how the court and judge calculates it, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner at any time. The firm offers a free case evaluation so you can discuss your unique situation and the potential spousal support involved in your divorce.