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Understanding Alabama laws about spousal support

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Divorce |

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a common consideration in divorces. It provides financial assistance if one spouse will have an economic disadvantage.

In Alabama, the eligibility for spousal support and amount depend on various factors outlined by the court.

Eligibility for spousal support

In Alabama, either spouse may be able to claim spousal support following a divorce. The court considers a range of circumstances such as the length of the marriage and the age and health of each spouse. The judge will look at each person’s income and earning capacity, including education, job skills and employment history.

The court may consider the standard of living established during the marriage. The judge will strive to maintain this standard for both spouses after divorce. Contributions to the marriage, such as homemaking, childcare and support of the other’s career, also play a role. Finally, the court will evaluate the financial needs and resources of each spouse, including assets, debts and expenses.

Determining the amount of spousal support

After establishing eligibility, the court determines the amount and duration of the support. Alabama does not have a set alimony formula. The court decides on a case-by-case basis with consideration of the factors above.

Alabama residents have an average annual household income of nearly $60,000. If one spouse earns significantly more than the other, the court can use spousal support to ensure an equitable, fair divorce process. Alimony can offer necessary financial assistance to the economically disadvantaged spouse while considering the circumstances of both parties involved.