Question by  paigow (33)

Under what conditions would someone have to pay spousal support?


Answer by  fware (56)

Typically spousal support is paid when one party in the divorce makes a significant amount more than the other. This happens a lot of times when one partner is a stay-at-home parent, and the other is employed. In order to protect yourself, be sure to write in the divorce paperwork that supports ends when incomes are more closely matched.


Answer by  John (9008)

The rules for this are determined by state law, and the states vary greatly in what they will require. Spousal support is different from child support, which is almost always required if there are children. In general, most states will look at the length of the marriage, who is at fault for the divorce, and individual incomes, but it varies.


Answer by  Lady654 (52)

IT depends on how long you have been married. If you have been married for a long time the Judege will probably rule in favor of Spousal Support.


Answer by  JenniferLB (103)

In order to have to pay spousal support after a divorce the parties should have been married for a minimum of 5 years, and the one owing the money would then support the other at the level of which they have been accustomed to being taken care of.


Answer by  bitchstewie (489)

In general a spouse has to pay spousal support if he makes more money than the spoused. Factors like the spouses ability to work and her earning potential are taken into consideration. There are 2 types of support, rehabilitative is short term pay more to allow the spouse to establish herself


Answer by  Mary (2095)

A longer marriage where one spouse has become dependant on the other for their current lifestyle. Spousal support is meant to maintain the lifestyle.


Answer by  mama86 (245)

Someone would have to pay spousal support to their spouse if they were a homemaker before or they were use to living a certain life style before the divorce happened


Answer by  answerguy (45)

The conditions vary according to laws of the state in which the divorce is undertaken. The primary considerations are the relative income and earning potential of the parties.


Answer by  John (9008)

The laws for spousal support vary wildly from state to state. In general, the court will look at several factors. These include things like the length of the marriage, whether the spouse is caring for a child, if the spouse gave up professional opportunities for the other spouse, and more.


Answer by  lynn (821)

In a situation where one spouse has been the sole provider for the other spouse during the marriage and the one spouse has not had a job outside the home or not worked for a long time outside the home.

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