Alimony is the court-ordered financial provision for one of the former spouses after a divorce is finalized. Every case is different, and the court decides on the amount, if any, of alimony. Typically, a judge will look at the following factors:
- How much monthly income each former spouse can reasonably earn.
- What will each former spouse’s reasonable expenditure amount to.
- Will each person move forward with a likely standard of living similar to what they had while married.
Alimony is usually awarded when the court determines that the lower-earning ex-spouse will need funds to transition into a self-supporting lifestyle. A family attorney well-versed in alimony proceedings will be extremely helpful in these matters.