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.
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Another circumstance where spousal support may be terminated is where the recipient does not make a good faith effort to become self-supporting within a reasonable length of time.
Before doing so, the judge will consider the proposed recipient's capacity to earn a living and how long it will take for him or her to become self-supporting.
A person going through a divorce may be limited in his or her employment prospects due to emotional issues and may need more time to become self-supporting.
This form of financial support may be ordered to give the recipient time to take a training course or upgrade their education to become self-supporting.
Even in cases where spousal support is ordered, it may only be for a limited time to allow the recipient to become self-supporting.
It is unlikely that the person would be able to find work and become self-supporting within a reasonable amount of time.
Where both people are working and considered self-supporting, one person may not need financial help from the other.
A person who has been out of the work force for a time may not have the necessary skills to become self-supporting.