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Is My Spouse Eligible for Alimony?

Posted by Sarah-Kathryn Bryan | Jun 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Alaska, the eligibility requirements for receiving alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, are determined based on various factors. The court considers the following factors when determining whether to award alimony:

Financial Needs of the Parties

The court examines the financial resources and needs of both spouses, including their income, earning capacity, and standard of living during the marriage.

Length of the Marriage

The duration of the marriage is an important consideration. Generally, longer marriages are more likely to result in an alimony award.

Ability to Pay Alimony

The court evaluates the ability of the paying spouse to provide financial support, considering their income, assets, and financial obligations.

Contributions to the Marriage

The court considers the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including homemaking, child-rearing, and supporting the other spouse's career or education.

The Age and Health of the Parties

The court takes into account the age and health of both spouses, as well as any physical or mental conditions that may affect their ability to earn a living.

Child Custody

If there are children involved, the court considers the custody arrangement and the financial responsibilities of each parent in determining alimony.

Financially Complex Divorce Attorneys in Alaska

It is important to note that Alaska follows a guideline formula for calculating alimony, but the court has discretion to deviate from the guidelines based on the specific circumstances of the case. It is recommended to consult with a family law attorney to understand the eligibility requirements and guidelines for alimony in Alaska.  To work with Shortell Law LLC, please 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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