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What does the court consider when awarding alimony?

Getting a divorce can turn anyone's life upside down. Because each person is different, each individual has different priorities when it comes to reaching the best terms in a divorce settlement. Of course, most Utah residents likely have concerns over how ending their marriages will affect them financially, and some may put a particular focus on alimony.

When it comes to whether the court will award spousal support and the amount of any support awarded, several factors require consideration. Those factors include the proposed recipient's need for support, the paying spouse's ability to pay, the length of the marriage, the age and health of both individuals, and the lifestyle maintained during the marriage. Because these factors differ for each couple, the amount and type of alimony awarded also differs.

It is also important to remember that terms of a spousal support order could change even after the divorce is finalized. If the circumstances under which either person is living change considerably, there may be reason to petition the court for a modification to alimony terms. However, it may be possible for individuals to agree to support agreements that cannot be modified in efforts to avoid having to go back to court in the future.

Alimony is easily a contentious part of divorce, but it is important that the parties involved understand its pros and cons. Because this type of support can affect both sides significantly, Utah residents ending their marriages will certainly want to ensure that they understand the implications that come with paying and receiving spousal support. Consulting with family law attorneys could help interested parties obtain answers to any questions they may have regarding this subject, including how state law may influence outcomes.

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