Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, has been around the country for over many years now. Although spousal support regulations vary from state to state, its aim is quite straightforward: to allow one spouse in a divorcing couple to maintain his/her standard of living he/she enjoyed during the marriage. But although the concept behind spousal support is plain, deciding who is to pay and how much could involve an intricate legal process.

According to the BB Attorney website, reaching favorable spousal support arrangement is important especially if one couple is heavily dependent on the financial assistance of the other. A judge in one of your local courts is the one responsible in determining the amount of spousal support a dependent couple should receive. Calculations involve the assessment of how much the spouse needs to maintain the standard of living he/she once has, his/her capacity to be financially independent in the near future, the age and health of both parties involved, their educational attainment, and many more.

Coming up with a favorable and objective spousal support amount is one thing, but enforcing it would be another. According to the website of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, a spouse should seek legal help immediately if one couple fails to pay alimony. Also, it is important to note that falling behind spousal support entails serious legal consequences, such as contempt.

There will also come a time when one or both couples would need to modify the amount based on certain situations, such as a life-changing event, such as retirement and long-term paralysis. Furthermore, a judge may decide to discontinue alimony payment if one of the couple dies, if one of them remarries, if the dependent spouse has already been given enough time to become financially independent, or if the children are in the right age to no longer need a full-time parent.