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  • What is spousal support?

  • Spousal support is often referred to as maintenance or alimony

  • It is an amount paid by one spouse to another spouse after a divorce

  • The purpose of spousal support is to ensure that both spouses can

    financially support themselves after a divorce

  • In some cases, spousal support is awarded to allow a financially

    dependent spouse to maintain a similar standard of living after a marriage as

    the spouses enjoyed during the marriage

  • In other cases, spousal support is awarded to financially support a spouse

    while he or she obtains additional training and/or education to enter the

    workforce and earn an income sufficient to provide for the spouses


  • For spousal support to be awarded, the court must find that one spouse lacks sufficient income to provide for his or

    her needs and is unable to earn a sufficient income at this time to provide

    adequate financial support

  • How is spousal support calculated?

  • Kentucky does not have a standard formula for calculating alimony or

    spousal support

  • The amount & duration of spousal support is in the judges discretion

  • The judge will use several factors to determine the amount and duration of spousal alimony once the judge determines that there is a financial

    need for alimony

  • The factors a judge uses to determine alimony are set forth in Kentucky Revised Statute 403.2000

    According to the statute,

  • The maintenance order shall be in such amounts and for such periods

    of time as the court deems just, and after considering all relevant

    factors including:

  • The financial resources of the spouse seeking spousal support including any

    marital property awarded to the spouse, the ability of the spouse to meet his or her needs

    and any sum for child support

  • The time required for the spouse needing support to acquire education and/or training to enable the spouse to acquire appropriate


  • The standard of living established during the marriage

    The duration of the marriage

  • The age, physical condition and emotional condition of the spouse seeking support

    The ability of the paying spouse to meet his or her needs while supporting the financially

    dependent spouse

  • Hire an experienced divorce attorney!

  • Spousal support can affect your ability to provide for your financial

    needs in the future

  • Because the decision to award alimony is in the judges discretion, it is important that you present a

    strong case supporting your position with regard to alimony

  • Hiring an attorney with experience handling alimony cases is your best chance of achieving the outcome

    you desire

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