Spousal support includes alimony but may also include attorney’s fees.
The idea is to ensure that a spouse who relied on financial support from the other during the marriage can continue to rely on that financial support after the separation and divorce. The statute outlines 13 factors the court must consider in awarding alimony and the amount of alimony. The statute bars an adulterous spouse from receiving alimony. The major factors considered by the trial court are the length of marriage and disparity in incomes.
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