The laws regarding alimony vary from state to state, but in general, alimony is designed to assist the spouse that is making less money with their living expenses. Discover how alimony is usually determined by the need for assistance, as opposed to the ability to pay, with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on divorce and alimony.
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You and your spouse are contemplating divorce, but you are very worried about alimony. Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question, Who pays alimony? Well, first of all, this law regarding alimony, is going to vary from state to state, so you want to make sure that you're looking at the laws of your state, and not talking to a friend of yours, from another state, and talking about their laws. Generally speaking, alimony is designed to assist the spouse that is making less money, to assist that spouse with their living expenses. It's generally determined by the need for assistance, versus the ability to pay, and there are no hard and fast rules. Generally, it's up to the discretion of the judge, in most states, unlike child support, that is governed by specific statutory child support guidelines. For example, if you make x number of dollars, and you have two children, the child support guidelines tell you what the child support is going to be, relative to each parent's portion of that combined income. With regard to alimony, it's not quite the same thing. The judge has a great deal of discretion, and it's going to depend on the length of the marriage. It's going to depend on the standard of living, of the parties during the marriage, and the relative abilities to earn income in the past, at the present time, and in the future, and the judge is going to look at both parties, and their history, their current level, and their future prospects. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.