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Know your right to spousal support

Spousal maintenance is an important factor in many divorces. For people who have not worked during a marriage, it could be the boost they need while they search for a job or get back on their feet.

Many people scoff at the idea of continuing to pay support to an ex-spouse, but the reality is that it may be the only way for that spouse to have the financial support needed to go back to school or to live somewhat comfortably until they have the chance to catch up in their career.

The states each have a limit on how much spouses are expected to pay their exes if spousal support is ordered. However, the judges do have the right to raise or lower the amount at their discretion. For instance, celebrities earn so much that the typical guidelines don't really apply. Similarly, someone who earns very little may not be ordered to pay a spouse, either.

Do you have a right to spousal support?

There are many factors that play a role in whether you're able to receive spousal support or not. For example, if you worked your entire marriage and can support yourself without help, the court may not order support. However, if you supported your spouse significantly, the judge may still order support as a way to "pay you back" for the expenses you paid for during the marriage.

Our site has information on alimony and spousal support, so you can learn more about it. It may be something you want to go after during your divorce.

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