The issue of alimony frequently arises during the divorce proceeding. When one household separates into two, you may need temporary or permanent financial support from your former spouse. Overall, it is the goal that each spouse becomes self-sufficient and financially independent following the divorce. However, the law recognizes that each spouse may have contributed to the marriage in different ways. Under some circumstances, you may need time and financial support to obtain additional education and training. The Court will weigh a variety of factors in determining the length and amount of alimony on a case-by case basis. Mathematics and tax calculations are also involved as each spouse is required to prepare a household budget of reasonable monthly expenses, and there may be a savings of joint income if payments are properly designated as ‘alimony’. Our Attorneys can explain, support and guide you through this process.