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Introducing FindLaw's Guide to Spousal Support

Divorce can lead to some pretty unfair outcomes. For instance, a stay-at-home mom may lack the skills to support herself once her marriage falls apart. In general, spousal support, aka alimony, is intended to correct these kinds of unfair economic effects.

However, the road to obtaining alimony can be a bit tricky. That's why we created the FindLaw Guide to Spousal Support. The guide is completely free and will help you on your way to obtaining alimony.

Below, we've covered just a few of the areas detailed in the guide.

What exactly is alimony?

You're probably aware that spousal support is a monthly payment made by one spouse to another following divorce. However, there several different types of alimony that each serve a different purpose.

For example, most spousal support is rehabilitative, meaning it's meant to get a spouse back on her feet. Once she has the skills to support herself, the alimony is scaled back or terminated in many cases.

Another common form of spousal support is reimbursement alimony. It generally involves one former spouse reimbursing the other for expenses paid during the marriage. The most common example involves one spouse supporting the other while he attends school. Once divorced, the spouse who benefitted from the education may have to repay the spouse who paid the bills.

Take a look at the guide to determine which form of alimony is right for you.

How much do I get?

There's no simple formula for determining how much spousal support you'll get. Each state generally has its own procedure and criteria for calculating the amount of alimony. However, courts often look at a former couple's standard of living, the sacrifices each former spouse made during the marriage, and each person's earning capacity. For a more in-depth look at spousal support calculation, check out the guide.

How do I obtain spousal support?

This is, of course, the most important question. Don't worry. It's covered in the guide. Remember: if you're going through a divorce or seeking spousal support, you'll want to consult with an experienced family law attorney. Good luck.

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