Is Spousal Support Guaranteed?

When couples get divorced, it is not uncommon for the court to order one spouse to pay spousal support, which is also known as alimony. However, alimony is not automatically guaranteed in every divorce. In Nevada, it is more commonly awarded in longer marriages when a spouse earns substantially more income than the other.

Calculating Alimony in a Nevada Divorce

When determining if alimony should be awarded, and how much should be awarded, a judge will take a look at several important factors.

Below are some of the factors considered in such a case:

  • How long the marriage lasted
  • Each spouse’s financial condition
  • The earning capacity, income, health, and age of each spouse
  • The contributions each spouse made to the marriage
  • How much property and assets each spouse was awarded in the divorce
  • The physical and mental condition of each spouse
  • Any other essential factors

In some cases, a spousal support order may only be temporary and cease as soon as divorce proceedings are finalized. It might also be awarded long enough to help the receiving spouse obtain the necessary training and education to obtain suitable employment.

If alimony is awarded in a divorce, the payments can be made sporadically or in one lump sum. Although monthly payments are the most common arrangement, the court exercises a vast amount of discretion to determine a schedule that is fair to both parties.

Moreover, even after alimony is awarded, it is possible for either spouse to petition the court for a modification as long as a substantial change in circumstances can be proven, such as the involuntary loss of a job. If the receiving spouse remarries, the payments will likely be terminated.

Discuss the Details of Your Divorce Case with One of Our Experienced Family Law Attorneys!

If you are divorcing your spouse and seeking alimony, the knowledgeable family law team at Ford & Friedman can provide the exceptional legal support you need to ensure the best results. Our team is backed by a proven history of success, so you can feel confident in our ability to represent you and guide you through every step of the divorce process.

Reach out to our law office today at (702) 904-9898 to set up a case evaluation with one of our attorneys to learn more about what we can do to assist you during this difficult time.