The tests for alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance) include the list below, but keep in mind that no two cases are the same. You need to seek individual advice in order to determine how the specifics of your case may impact your ability to receive alimony.

  • Need – You must show a need for support. Are you able to cover your own expenses? If so, you may not have need for support.
  • Ability to pay – Does your spouse have the ability to pay? If your spouse cannot pay his/her own bills, he/she may not be able to pay your support.
  • Length of marriage – Marriages can be classified as short-term (less than 7 years), moderate-term (7-17 years), and long-term marriages (greater than 17 years).
  • A long-term marriage is more likely to result in a stronger case for alimony for the lower-earning spouse.
  • Other factors such as health, age, and lifestyles of both parties can affect alimony

These are complex questions.  Quick and simple answers can sometimes not be correct for your specific circumstances.   Now is the time to consult one of our family law attorneys at Brandon Legal Group.