What factors are considered when determining alimony payments?
I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.
In Virginia, where I practice, there are many factors considered when the court determines spousal support.
Maintenance or spousal support is a shift of income from the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse.
Maintenance is to help meet the needs of the spouse. Maintenance is need-driven but impacted by income, of course.
Some states have specific formulas to determine support and others do not. In Virginia, we can argue that the court should “impute” a higher income to a spouse when that spouse is not working at their capacity.
There are also many factors to determine whether support should be temporary or long term.
As this is a very state specific question you should seek the advice of a licensed attorney in your area. I cannot give you specific costs for our firm to represent you, but if you schedule an initial appointment with your closest Cordell office the attorney you speak with can give you more details.