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Understanding the facts about spousal support

Depending upon your financial circumstances, when you and your spouse sign your divorce papers, you may find that you need financial help from your former spouse or he or she might need that help from you. This support pertains to couples -- same-sex as well -- who are legally married or who have been living in a common law relationship. If you earn more than your former spouse, you may be required to pay spousal support.

It's usually the spouse who earns more who is called the payor. However, spousal support payments aren't automatic. If you're likely to be on the receiving end -- or the payee -- you have to be entitled to receive support. Essentially, spousal support tries to ensure that one spouse doesn't experience undue financial hardship and that he or she is able to maintain a similar lifestyle going forward.

Are you entitled to receive spousal support?

When it comes to legalities, there are three ways you may be able to receive spousal support. If you were the at-home partner raising your children while your significant other worked, you may be able to receive compensatory spousal support. Non-compensatory support is typically granted when your breakup leaves you in financial dire straits and your ex-partner is in a position to help you financially. Finally, contractual support stems from any marriage contract or cohabitation agreement that is in place and stipulates spousal support terms on the dissolution of the partnership.

How the court makes its evaluations

If your situation ends up before a family court judge, he or she will look at various things such as the duration that you and your spouse were living together or married. A judge will also take into consideration who the primary caregiver was of any children, along with your individual incomes and each of your financial situations. The intent of spousal support is to provide financial help to an individual while he or she attempts to become self-supportive.

Where can you find support and answers to your questions?

Going through a divorce or separation from your partner can be an extremely challenging and emotionally draining time. Thankfully, there are resources available to assist you who can guide you through the entire process and either increase your odds of ultimately receiving the full amount of spousal support to which you are rightfully entitled or protect you from paying out a larger amount than you are truly obligated to pay.

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