What is Alimony?
Alimony is basically a Spousal Support. Let’s say that one spouse earns more money than the other, so in that case he or she may have to pay alimony (spousal support) after divorce or annulment. The alimony amount payable is not set by a formula, it’s decided on a case-by-case basis. Judges and lawyers follow a set of non-binding spousal support guidelines.
Alimony is not based on the gender
Generally more men than women pay spousal support or alimony. But alimony is not based on the gender of individuals. There is no difference between men and women. Both alike have to pay spousal support. The court will not base their decision on the sex of an individual and look at that factor at all.
Determination of Alimony or Spousal Support
The amount of alimony is based on a number of factors. These factors are:
• standard of living
• ability to be self-sufficient
• contribution to each other’s career
• length of marriage
All this are considered in determining the amount of alimony. All of these economic factors that affect each party will be reviewed by a judge. Basically the judge will review with particular emphasis on the effect of the marriage and the divorce (separation) on the parties’ financial circumstances. And the judge will try to apportion the family income in a fair way between the spouses.
Duration of Alimony payments
When the parents have children, the judge generally do not place a time limit on alimony. This does not mean one of them must pay alimony forever. The courts do not want to look years ahead to see what each spouse’s financial situation will be in the future. It is always open for parents to go back to court to end alimony or change it to a different amount, if financial situation changes materially.
Alimony is normally time limited in cases of short-term relationships where there are no children.
What is a review order? The court will say that after a certain number of years the amount of alimony can be reviewed. So review order gives the payer the opportunity of going back to court to modify the alimony order, without the necessity of showing that financial situation has changed. The review order simply gives a party privilege to allowing a court to looking at the alimony situation again.