How is Spousal Support Calculated?

There are no actual tables or guides for determining alimony or spousal support. Instead, the court reviews a number of factors to determine the economic needs of the potential dependent spouse while also considering the ability of the other spouse to pay support.

Factors taken into consideration include:

  • Amount each spouse earns or will likely earn in the future
  • Spouses’ ages
  • Medical and emotional status of each spouse
  • Length of time the two were married
  • Spouses’ standard of living during the marriage
  • Whether and how much one spouse contributed to the education of the other spouse
  • Economic impact custody of the children will have on the custodial parent, if there are children
  • Assets and liabilities of the parties and the debt service requirements of each
  • Contribution of a spouse as a homemaker
  • Tax implications of an alimony award
  • If income received by one party was previously considered by the court in an equitable distribution proceeding