Spousal support can be a way to provide for yourself with payments from your spouse.  This is an issue that must be decided during a divorce.

Many people don’t want to ask for spousal support because they don’t want to continue relying on someone they’re no longer with. However, spousal support is about more than just getting payments from your spouse to support yourself. It can be a way to make the situation fairer for you and to give you support as you look for work or adjust to life on your own.

How do you decide if you need spousal support?

If you are the lesser-earning spouse, then the likelihood is that you could seek alimony, also called maintenance or spousal support. However, it’s also important to ask yourself a few questions such as:

  • Do you earn enough money to support yourself after divorce?
  • Are you currently employed?
  • What education do you have?
  • How long have you been married and supported by your spouse’s income?
  • Are you in good health?
  • Did you support your spouse while they sought an advanced degree or additional professional training?
  • Does your spouse earn substantially more than you?

By asking these questions, you can start to get an idea about whether or not you need alimony due to financial constraints or if it’s something that you think you should receive based on supporting your spouse in the past.

Our site has more on spousal support and alimony, so you can continue to learn about its purpose and what you should do if you believe that your spouse owes you support following the end of your marriage.