When you’re going through a divorce, deciding the amount of spousal support you should ask for or receive can be difficult. Sometimes, you won’t feel you deserve it, and you could feel like you should turn it down. In other cases, you may be trying to get more support when it’s clear that you won’t be supported well enough.
Whatever your situation is like, it’s important to know how spousal support is determined. To make it fair for the spouse receiving the income and for the spouse giving the income, the ages you both are, the potential for earning, division of property matters, history of the marriage, and extraneous factors will need to be considered.
For instance, if you’re intelligent, have marketable skills, and have references that can help you get into a new job, you may not receive as much spousal support as you would if you could prove that finding a job would be difficult or that the job you found would be low-paying or for few hours. If you can show that your ill health makes it difficult to work or that you need to stay home to raise your children, you may also be able to get more out of your spousal support arrangement.
If you’re trying to pay less support, you could show how the other person is able to find good-paying work and show why you shouldn’t have to pay as much. Perhaps you don’t have good health or have just taken a cut in hours. Whatever you do, it’s important to show why this money matters to your well-being. Our website has more information on spousal support and the things you need to do to negotiate a fair award.