There are 14 factors a court will consider to determine the amount if child support was ordered.
The 14 factors include:
Each factor should be weighed separately. Usually, the determining factors are the age of the parties, the length of the marriage, the incomes of the respective parties, the ability to pay, and the need of the party receiving spousal support. Spousal support is not based upon a strict formula like child support is, so it becomes part of the negotiations in a divorce case.
Spousal support is not awarded in many divorce cases.
The longer the marriage, the more likely that there will be a period of spousal support. But, there is no minimum length of marriage when awarding spousal support.
Spousal support normally begins when the parties become separated.
It can be part of the court’s order that if the parties are separated the payer pays spousal support.
If spousal support is non-modifiable, usually the parties will reach a term of years as part of negotiations. If it is modifiable, the court can set a term of years. Usually, it would terminate upon the remarriage of the individual receiving spousal support, but that does not have to be the case, and the court may order it to continue.
One of the 14 factors in the law that the court looks to regarding spousal support is the party’s fault in causing the divorce. The court can take that into consideration. However, it does not automatically affect spousal support.
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