Even a man can get alimony. It does not matter in you are the man or the woman, alimony can be awarded either way and often is. There are no hard fast rules when it comes to alimony. The judge makes the final decision.
There are a number of factors a judge considers before awarding alimony. Below you will find a list of those factors.
- The marital misconduct* of either of the spouses. (And special mention is made of the fact that any hanky-panky that takes place AFTER the date of separation is fair game as corroborating evidence for marital misconduct BEFORE separation.)
- The relative earnings and earning capacities of the spouses.
- The ages and the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the spouses.
- The amount and sources of earned and unearned income of both spouses, including earnings, dividends, and benefits such as medical, retirement, insurance, social security…
- The duration of the marriage.
- The contribution by one spouse to the education, training or increased earning power of the other.
- The extent to which the earning power, expenses, or financial obligations of a spouse will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child.
- The standard of living of the spouses established during the marriage.
- The relative education of the spouses and the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the spouse seeking alimony to find employment to meet his or her reasonable economic needs.
- The relative assets and liabilities of the spouses and the relative debt of the spouses, including legal obligations of support.
- The property brought to the marriage by either spouse.
- The contribution of a spouse as homemaker.
- The relative needs of the spouses.
- The federal, State, and local tax ramifications of the alimony award.
- Any other factor relating to the economic circumstances of the parties that the court finds to be just and proper. and last but not least:
- The fact that income received by either party was previously considered by the court in determining the value of a marital or divisible asset in an equitable distribution of the parties” marital or divisible property.
As you can see, alimony can be a complicated issue. If you are currently going through a divorce you most likely want to pay as little as possible in alimony or on the other side of the coin, receive as much as possible in alimony.
This is where a private investigator can help. A good investigator with experience can be worth his/her weight in gold.
To get more adivce in this matter, call Danny Barham, P.I.