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Spousal support, also known as alimony, is money that one spouse is legally required to pay another after a divorce. The amount of the support is determined by the courts, or by lawyers in a divorce settlement.
Typically, spousal support is paid by the spouse with greater income to the spouse with lesser or no income. However, the amount of spousal support takes circumstances into account as well as incomes.
For example, a spouse who put their own career on hold to allow the other spouse to advance in theirs, and must now play catch up, may receive more support.
A long marriage that has kept one spouse out of the work force for a very long period of time, making entry into the job market more difficult, may result in greater spousal support.
Spousal support is distinct from child support, which will be for a different amount and for a different length of time.
If you are getting a divorce and expect to need or have to pay spousal support, you will definitely want to contact a spousal support attorney, a divorce attorney with expertise in spousal support arrangements, in order to make sure you make the most favorable spousal support deal you can.