One of the most frequently asked questions that comes up when an individual is ordered by the court to make spousal maintenance payments is in regards to how long they are legally obligated to do so. Of course, everyone’s situation is different and therefore, the length of each obligation is different. When determining the amount of spousal maintenance that should be paid and the length of which it should be paid, the court will consider a variety of different factors, including but not limited to:
- the length of the marriage
- the income and earning potential of each party
- each party’s need for additional schooling or career training
- the age and health of each party
Often, one of the most important factors in determining the length of the alimony obligation is how long the marriage actually lasted. Longer marriages will typically be issued longer spousal maintenance obligations and shorter marriages will have shorter spousal maintenance obligations. Sometimes, spousal maintenance is just used to get one of the spouses through school in an effort to help them become financially independent on their own. Therefore, the obligation will only last until the party has finished school. Other times, it can last the length of the marriage itself.
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