Alimony is meant to assist the more financially dependent spouse, with financial support provided by one spouse to the other during or after a divorce.

Either spouse may request maintenance from the other, regardless of how the marriage ended (yes, an unfaithful spouse can get alimony).

One of the most important factors in whether and how much alimony is awarded is the need of the person seeking maintenance versus the ability of the other party to pay. The court considers various other factors, including the length of the marriage; the earning capacity of each party; the level of education of each party; separate assets, a spouse’s contribution to the marriage as a homemaker, parent, or to assisting the other spouse in obtaining education or training; the standard of living during the marriage; relative fault; and other relevant factors.

Harrington Law will strategize and advocate for your short- and long-term financial interests after a divorce.