Trying to determine spousal support (also referred to as maintenance and alimony) can be confusing. That is why it is important to call on Bezler Law Firm where we can help you achieve the best situation with spousal support issues.
Missouri laws regarding spousal support include the following conditions for spouses:
- Unable to support himself or herself; and
- Lacking in sufficient property (including his or her share of any marital property) to provide for his or her own needs; or
- Custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate for that spouse not to seek either full-time or part-time employment outside of the home.
Missouri courts consider the following factors when determining the amount of spousal support:
- Time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment and the spouse’s future earning capacity;
- The standard of living established during the marriage;
- The duration of the marriage;
- The ability of the spouse from whom support is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking support;
- The financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse’s ability to meet his or her needs independently;
- The age of the spouses;
- The physical and emotional needs and conditions of the spouses;
- The obligations, assets, and separate property of the spouses;
- The comparative earning capacities of each spouse; and
- The conduct of the spouses during the marriage.
Missouri courts have wide discretion in determining whether or not spousal support should be awarded and the amount and duration of spousal support. Spousal support is not an absolute right, and the party requesting maintenance has the burden to prove to the court that he or she is in need of financial assistance from a former spouse to provide for his or her reasonable needs. Call Bezler Law Firm today for the direction you need relating to spousal support issues.