Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

In a dissolution or legal separation case, a court may determine that one party is entitled to spousal maintenance (alimony) payments from the other party. A Court may determine that one party is entitled to spousal maintenance form the other party when they either (a) lack sufficient property, including marital property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for reasonable needs of the spouse considering the standard of living established during the marriage, especially, but not limited to, a period of training or education, or (b) are unable to provide adequate self-support, after considering the standard of living established during the marriage and all relevant circumstances, through appropriate employment, or is the custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate that the custodian not be required to seek employment outside the home. Spousal maintenance can be either temporary or permanent.

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