Recognizing Your Contribution to Your Marriage
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is paid by the spouse who earns more to the spouse with little or no income. Either sex can claim spousal support as part of a legal separation or divorce. Our Salt Lake City alimony lawyers can help you determine if you are likely to be eligible for spousal support as part of your divorce.
Eligibility for spousal support is determined by several factors:
- The length of the marriage
- The ability to pay of the more well-off spouse
- Debts and obligations of the marriage
- The earning potential of each spouse
- Contributions of each spouse to the marriage
- One spouse supporting the education or career of the other
- Contributions as a home maker
The alimony attorneys of Brown Family Law understand how important it is for you and your children to make a smooth transition during this difficult time. If you need spousal support as part of your divorce settlement, we will work diligently on your behalf to help you get what you need.
Salt Lake Spousal Support and Alimony Lawyers
If you were a stay-at-home mom or dad for 10 years and have no earning potential, you are more likely to get spousal support than if you have a full-time job earning a good salary. The goal of the Utah courts is to ensure that the less well-off spouse does not fall into poverty because he or she is unable to earn a living.
Spousal support can be granted in different forms, including:
- Educational or rehabilitative spousal support — To help the recipient get back on his or her feet and get the training or education needed to start earning a living
- Lump sum spousal support — The amount that would be paid over the assigned length of spousal support, paid once at the time of the divorce
- Permanent spousal support — Awarded only in certain circumstances and terminated if the recipient cohabitates with another or remarries
While our Salt Lake City alimony lawyers cannot guarantee spousal support will be awarded in your case, we will work to protect your interests and fight for what is right on your behalf.