Spousal Support Lawyer in St. Louis

Calculating Alimony in Missouri

Sometimes, one spouse may be ordered to pay alimony or spousal support to the other spouse during or after a separation or divorce. If one spouse is unable to support him or herself, spousal support can serve as financial assistance to help him or her become self-supporting. According to Missouri Statutes 30-452-335, spousal support can be decided in a number of ways.

The court will consider the following factors when assessing the need for spousal support:

  • The financial resources of the party in need of spousal support
  • Time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to become self-supporting
  • The earning capacity of both parties
  • The standard of living established during the marriage and prior to divorce
  • The financial obligations of both spouses
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age, health, and condition of the receiving spouse
  • The ability of the spouse to pay support
  • The conduct of the parties during the marriage

Couples may have the opportunity to come to an agreement out of court that is specific to their own financial situation and family dynamic. If the couple cannot come to an agreement, however, the court will see fit make the decision on behalf of the couple.

Our St. Louis Divorce Attorney Represents Both Men & Women

Our divorce lawyer proudly represents both men and women throughout the state of Missouri. Whether you are paying or receiving spousal support, we stand ready to use our 20 years of experience to protect your best interests. Because spousal support will become a considerable monthly financial obligation, both paying and receiving spouses must know their rights regarding any type of alimony order.

If you wish to learn more about your rights, responsibilities, or obligations to a former spouse regarding paying or receiving alimony, we encourage you to give us a call at (314) 684-8364. We're here to help you work through any potential disagreement so that you are not stuck with an unfair financial hardship.

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