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Alimony and Spousal Support in Divorce

Does a spouses inability to work impact spousal support?

When seeking to get a spousal support order, your work status at the time of divorce plays a large factor. Our judges are versed in alimony decisions and will raise an eyebrow at litigants who voluntarily terminate from employment in order to receive alimony, or in an effort to avoid paying it.

Unemployment is often based on your current situation. if you are a housewife or stay at home mom raising your spouses children, you may be considered unemployable. Generally, the longer you have been unemployed the higher the spousal support award will be.

Lastly, in tough economic times, it is less difficult to prove that gaining employment is difficult. Age also plays an important role in employability. Older people and uneducated people have more difficulty in gaining a job. Medical illness and psychological issues also deter many family law litigants from gaining employment as well. Various factors can affect your ability to work and gain income independently.

Keep in mind, court decisions are not automatic, and with a skilled attorney on the opposite side, you might have to convice the court that your unemployability is valid. Contact the law offices of Richard K. Isles to discuss your alimony case.

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