Upon getting a divorce, many issues need to be resolved before the spouses can go their separate ways. When children are involved in the marriage, custody arrangements need to be made. For these cases, child support may become a payment system that will be in effect. This support system is to provide financial means for the children. Spousal support is a payment system that gives financial support to a dependent spouse. In marriage, spouses have different roles. If one spouse is the caretaker, they may not gain a salary. The other spouse may be the one who provides for the family. This can leave the caretaker in an unfair advantage after a marriage has ended in divorce. They may be unable to support themselves financially without their spouse’s help. This may be a reason for a spousal support to be paid. This can help a dependent party carry on with their lives. It may be able to support them while they look for alternative means of earning money.
How is this decided?
Spousal support is a payment system that may be decided in mediation or during litigation. Couples may be open with one another in mediation and show that one of them needs the help of the other one to continue to live sufficiently. This can allow an agreement to move forward for spousal support. If they are unable to come to a decision, they may wish to enter into litigation. This can encourage them to enter into litigation. When they attend litigation, they may have to go to numerous court sessions to decide on the issues in front of them. However, during this time, a judge will be the one making the decisions for the couple. The judge will have the control in the situation. This may not be favorable for some spouses. However, it may be able to provide the most fair decision. A judge will consider the current living standard of each individual, their income, their earning capacity and much more to determine a fair amount of money to be paid in spousal support or if any should be paid at all.
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