Spousal Support Attorney in Salt Lake City
Alimony (also called Spousal Support) is designed to enable the spouse receiving support to maintain the standard of living during the marriage and to prevent the recipient spouse from becoming a discharge of the State of Utah. There is an enormous body of case law deciphering the multitudinous marriages and how much, how long, and in what nature alimony should be awarded. Unlike some state, Utah does not have a formula (like child support) to determine alimony. Because there is no formula, Utah courts must consider a certain number of factors.
The court shall consider at least the following factors in determining alimony. Those factors are as follows:
- the financial condition and needs of the recipient spouse;
- the recipient’s earning capacity or ability to produce income;
- the ability of the payor spouse to provide support;
- whether the recipient spouse has custody of minor children requiring support;
- whether the recipient spouse worked in a business owned or operated by the payor spouse; and
- whether the recipient spouse directly contributed to any increase in the payor spouse’s skill by paying for education received by the payor spouse or enabling the payor spouse to attend school during the marriage.
There are a number of other considerations to be analyzed in a spousal support determination. If one is contemplating divorce, or is served divorce papers, it behooves them to seek advice and legal counsel early on in the process about the issue of alimony.
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