Spousal support can be broken down into two types of support, Temporary Spousal Support and Permanent Spousal Support.
Temporary spousal support is paid during the time of the dissolution while the parties are working to resolve the issues related to their Divorce and prior to the time that the Judgment has been entered. Temporary support is intended for each person to have as close to the status quo as possible while the case is going on.
At the end of the case, the court will determine whether there will be permanent spousal support paid by one of the parties. The court is going to look at several different factors, such as the earning capacity of each of the parties, the length of the marriage, the age and the health of the parties, and the marital lifestyle.
Spousal support is appropriate in certain cases, and it is not appropriate in other cases. If there is only a small disparity in income, a court may choose not to award spousal support to either party. However, if one spouse has been unemployed and at home for a significant amount of time and they need time to become self-supporting, the court may order spousal support for a period of time.
Spousal support can be one of the most litigated issues in a divorce case. Therefore it is important to get all your facts together, to be very organized with your paperwork, and to have a thorough understanding of the obligation that you may be paying or receiving. Most people are unhappy with the amount of spousal support that they come out with at the end of the case. Usually, the spouse receiving support feels that it is not enough, and usually, the spouse paying support feels that it is too much. If there are ways to come up with a reasonable settlement in regards to the amount of support and a reasonable duration of support, then a couple should be encouraged to resolve the spousal support issues outside of court. If not, the court will make that decision for you.