The purpose of spousal support is to balance the incomes and needs of the parties in a way that will not impoverish either party. Spousal support may be awarded if the property award is insufficient for the suitable support of either party and any children of the marriage to whom the party has custody. It is more common following a long-term marriage or where there is a large disparity of income between the parties. Unlike child support, it is not a function of a formula. Instead, the court considers a number of factors when deciding whether to award spousal support, including:
In some cases, a temporary spousal support award may be granted to help ease the dependent spouse’s transition into a self-supporting role.
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