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How is Spousal Support Determined?

By The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC  Sep. 16, 2013 2:34p

There are a number of factors that are taken into account by a family court judge when seeking to rule on the matter of spousal support in a divorce. It is not a foregone conclusion that a spouse will get any spousal support so it is important to understand the process of how it is determined. The court will look at the full picture as far as the contribution each spouse has made to the marriage is concerned as well as individual circumstances of each spouse. Spousal support is decided based on factors such as the standard of living established during the marriage, division of assets, division of liabilities, how long the couple was married, the financial resources of each spouse, earning capacity, age and health. How assets are divided is another matter that will be addressed shortly. If spousal support, or "alimony" as it is often known as, is awarded to a spouse during the divorce it may be changed further down the road if that former spouse's circumstances change with an inheritance, increase in income, re-marriage or other such situation. Get the help of a divorce attorney if you have any questions about spousal support.

The Role of Property Division

Property division is not automatically divided 50-50 between a couple getting a divorce. Property division also includes more than just divvying up real estate, cars, furniture, bank accounts, investments and other assets. Loans, credit card debts, mortgages, tax debts and other liabilities must also be rightfully divided. How assets and liabilities are divided depends on each spouse's contributions to obtaining property or debts during the marriage, conduct of each spouse while married, any non-marital property, economic circumstances and the circumstances surrounding child custody and support. These matters can become very complicated and emotionally stressful so it is important that you have skillful legal representation on your side that you can trust.

Kansas City Divorce Lawyer for Spousal Support Issues

Contact an experienced, highly trustworthy and dedicated family lawyer on our team at The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC. to discuss your case. We have over 20 years combined experience helping clients get the outcome they need. We understand what a difficult time it is when going through a divorce and we do everything we can to smooth the way for our clients while diligently looking out for his or her best interests. When it comes to your family and your future make sure you have legal counsel you can count on!

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