Spousal support (alimony) is not like child support; There is not a formula or equation used to determine spousal support. Rather alimony is based on a number of factors: the length of the marriage, the financial resources of each party, the standard of living established during the marriage, and the conduct of the parties. A propertied spouse will not necessarily be required to pay the non-propertied spouse alimony. In most cases, in fact, permanent alimony will not be considered except in the case of a long-term marriage (more than 20 years) in which one spouse was responsible for raising the children, being primary homemaker, and does not have any marketable job skills.
Among the many forms of temporary alimony that may be considered, there is:
- Temporary housing allowance, or retention of the house for a determined length of time, until the sale of the property and equitable distribution of the proceeds as marital property
- Temporary allowance for job skills training, to provide educational opportunities for a non-working spouse to learn a trade or complete a professional degree in order to become more marketable in the job market
- Temporary health care allowance, in the event one spouse relied on health care from the employed spouse. The spouse may receive temporary payments for private health insurance to cover a medical condition, until other health care coverage can be arranged
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