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Determining Spousal Support

Determining Spousal Support

Learn about the court-ordered obligation of a legally divorced spouse to provide monthly income to a former spouse, from common law to today, and review the forms and duration of spousal support.


Spousal support is the court-ordered obligation of one divorced or legally separated spouse to provide monthly income payments to his former spouse.  Spousal support, also referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, has a rich history, dating back centuries to when a bride’s family would pay her future husband a dowry to ensure for her continued support and protection.  Nowadays, a court will only order spousal support payments to be made if the recipient spouse can prove that...