Calculating Spousal Support in Rhode Island
During your divorce, a family law judge may award spousal support income to one spouse to help them maintain their quality of life until they can support themselves without assistance. There are several factors that go into this decision, including the length of marriage, the ability of both spouses to earn a living, any domestic violence history and more.
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Alimony is awarded separately from child support completely, and as such child support payments have no bearing on an alimony award. In order to determine any alimony awards, the judge in your case will look at several factors and determine if either a monthly stipend or lump-sum support is necessary.
The court will consider the following factors in determining an alimony award:
- The length of the marriage
- The age, health, and employability of both spouses
- Any training, education, or other skills needed for one spouse to make themselves employable, and the expenses incurred in order to acquire them
- Child custody in the divorce
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Spousal conduct during the marriage
- Ability of one spouse to pay alimony, considering earning ability, income, and several other factors
Once all of these factors are considered, the court will then determine the type of award, amount, and length of time these payments must be made for. In some cases, alimony awards can be indefinite, so long as the receiving spouse does not re-marry.