Generally, for short-term marriages (under ten years), permanent alimony lasts no longer than half the length of the marriage, with “marriage” defined as the time between the date of marriage and the date of separation.
So, if your marriage lasted eight years, you may expect to pay or receive alimony for four years.
What is the average amount of alimony?
Under the formula, alimony is set at 30 percent of the higher-earning spouse’s income, minus 20 percent of the lower-earning spouse’s, as long as the recipient doesn’t end up with more than 40 percent of the couple’s combined income.
How can I avoid paying spousal support?
Following are nine tactics you can use to keep more of the money you earn – and avoid paying alimony.
- Strategy 1: Avoid Paying It In the First Place.
- Strategy 2: Prove Your Spouse Was Adulterous.
- Strategy 3: Change Up Your Lifestyle.
- Strategy 4: End the Marriage ASAP.
- Strategy 5: Keep Tabs on Your Spouse’s Relationship.
Who is entitled to spousal support?
Spousal Support is money paid by one spouse to the other after they separate or divorce. It is sometimes called alimony or maintenance. Many factors may affect whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive.
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