Alimony, or “maintenance” as it is now known, is one spouse’s responsibility to support the other spouse. Maintenance is different and separate from child support which is money paid due to a child support obligation.
The court uses many factors in determining alimony, including:
• Length of the marriage
• The difference in the earnings or earning potentials of the parties
• Each party’s ability to acquire income in the future
• The standard of living established during the marriage
• Whether there are children from the marriage and whether one spouse has given up career opportunities due to the marriage
• Age and health of the parties
Other factors regarding spousal support include:
• Alimony payments are normally taxable to the recipient; the spouse who makes the payments is allowed to deduct the maintenance payments that are made from income tax.
• Generally, maintenance support is terminated if the recipient begins living with another person in a resident, continuing and conjugal situation.
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