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In order for a court to make a finding regarding alimony and determine the respective needs and abilities of both parties, the court considers eight factors. These factors are generally referred to as the alimony factors:

  1. Standard of Living
  2. Duration of the Marriage
  3. Physical and Emotional Condition of the Parties
  4. Financial Resources of Each Party
  5. Time Needed to Obtain Employment
  6. Contribution to the Marriage
  7. Financial Condition of the Parties
  8. All Other Relevant Factors

In addition to the eight factors, the court will also consider the parties’ conduct toward each other, including adultery.

Alimony Factors in Detail

When determing alimony, the court considers eight factors. These factors are generally referred to as the alimony factors. Each is discussed in detail below...
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Adultery & Alimony

A spouse will not be entitled to alimony if it is established that the separation between the spouses was caused by that spouse’s adultery. The adultery committed by that spouse must be...
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Tax Effect of Alimony

The payment of alimony cannot be treated as a deduction from the paying spouse’s income, and receiving alimony payments does not have to be reported as income for the receiving spouse.
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  • Important Considerations Before Requesting Alimony

    Alimony is certainly not a simple concept. With complications like tax effects and financial concerns, there are multiple questions that one should ask themself before thinking about requesting alimony. Please review the seven questions listed below and use them as a check list to make sure you are in the best position possible before requesting alimony. 

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