If, after separation, one party's standard of living is significantly lower than during the marriage, the Court may order that alimony be paid so that he or she can continue to enjoy the same standard of living as while married.
In addition, if both child support and alimony payments are ordered, a deduction will be made from the gross income used in the second support calculation to reflect the amount of maintenance already scheduled to be paid.
When the judge needs to calculate the rate of alimony payments, he or she considers the length of the marriage, as well as how likely it is that the spouse receiving the payments will be able to become self-supporting.
If you have children or if alimony is an issue, either your attorney or your spouse's attorney will probably file an Order to Show Cause requesting that the court make decisions regarding custody and child support.
When deciding whether to grant alimony, judges consider the alimony requirements in their area as well as both spouses' present and future earning abilities, length of marriage, health, age and overall conduct.
Care must be taken so that the Internal Revenue Service doesn't suspect that the payments being made as alimony are really for child support, and therefore not tax deductible for the higher-earning individual.
If an alimony payer is also required to maintain health and life insurance for an ex-spouse, the cost of insurance is not deducted from the alimony payment, but made in addition to the ordered maintenance amount.
After losing his job, he contacted his lawyer to request that his alimony payments to his ex-wife be reduced.
She was worried about how to make ends meet after the divorce, but alimony from her ex-husband provided a financial cushion until she was able to go find work.
About 80,000 went in payments on all the estates to the Land Bank, about 30,000 went for the upkeep of the estate near Moscow, the town house, and the allowance to the three princesses; about 15,000 was given in pensions and the same amount for asylums; 150,000 alimony was sent to the countess; about 70,000 went for interest on debts.