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How Do Alaska Courts Calculate Spousal Support?

Posted by Sarah-Kathryn Bryan | Jun 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Alaska, there are no specific guidelines or formulas set by law for calculating spousal support amounts. Instead, the court considers various factors to determine a fair and reasonable spousal support award. These factors include:

Duration of the Marriage

The length of the marriage is an important consideration. Generally, longer marriages may result in higher spousal support awards.

Financial Resources

The court examines the financial resources of both spouses, including income, assets, and debts. It considers the earning capacity, education, skills, and employment opportunities of each party.

Standard of Living

The court takes into account the standard of living established during the marriage and aims to maintain a similar standard of living for both spouses, as far as possible.

Age and Health

The age and health of each spouse are considered. If one spouse has health issues or is of an advanced age, it may impact their ability to become self-supporting.

Contributions to the Marriage

The court evaluates the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including financial contributions, homemaking, childcare, and support of the other spouse's education or career.

Child Custody and Support

If there are children involved, the court considers the custody arrangement and child support obligations. Spousal support may be influenced by the need to maintain stability and provide for the children's best interests.

Other Relevant Factors

The court may also consider any other relevant factors that are specific to the case at hand, such as the division of property, tax implications, and any agreements or arrangements made between the spouses.

Family Law Attorneys in Alaska

It's important to note that spousal support awards in Alaska are highly discretionary, and the court has the flexibility to consider individual circumstances. As a result, spousal support amounts can vary significantly from case to case. It is advisable to consult with a family law attorney to understand how these factors may apply to your situation and to obtain guidance on spousal support calculations in Alaska.  To work with Shortell Law LLC, call (907)272-8181 today.

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Sarah-Kathryn Bryan

Sarah Kathryn Bryan is an associate attorney at Shortell Law LLC. Ms. Bryan handles cases in family law, business, employment, estate planning and general civil litigation. To work with Ms. Bryan, please call Shortell Law LLC at (907)272-8181.

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