If your spouse has filed for divorce, you may be left wondering how you're going to provide for yourself now that the marriage is over. This is particularly true if you've been the one who has remained in the home, while they were the one who went out and worked. If you have no source of income, you should talk to your attorney about spousal support, especially if the marriage was long-term. Here are four factors that the court will consider when determining whether you will receive spousal support.
How Much Money Your Spouse Makes
When considering spousal support, the courts will look at how much money your spouse makes. They'll also look at how much money you make – if any. If your spouse makes considerably more money than you, the courts may decide that it's in your best interest to award you spousal support for a predetermined amount of time. In most cases, you will not be awarded permanent spousal support.
Your Age and Health
The courts will look at your age and health when determining whether or not you are entitled to spousal support. The courts will take into consideration any health issues that may interfere with your ability to secure meaningful, full-time employment. If your health precludes you from working, the courts may award you spousal support in the divorce. They'll also look at your age. This is important because it can be difficult to obtain employment when you're older. Most employers are hesitant to hire older people to work for them.
Your Contributions to the Marriage
If you stayed home to care for your children so that your spouse could pursue their career goals or left a career to provide your spouse with better career opportunities, you may be entitled to spousal support. The court will look at how your actions contributed to the overall success of your spouse. This is particularly true if your contributions allowed your spouse to further their education or career.
Your Educational Background
If you didn't receive a college education during your marriage, it may be difficult for you to obtain gainful employment now that you're divorcing. If you failed to obtain a college education because you were at home caring for your children or being a full-time homemaker for your spouse, the courts may award spousal support to you.
Now that you're going through a divorce, you need to think about your financial stability. Talk to your divorce attorney about spousal support. They may be able to help you obtain the financial support you need to get back on your feet.