In analyzing whether to award maintenance, the court will consider factors such as:
- the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, including property to be awarded;
- the ability of the party seeking maintenance to be self-sufficient without assistance;
- the time and education needed by the party seeking maintenance to become self-sufficient;
- the standard of living established during the marriage;
- the duration of the marriage;
- the age, physical and emotional condition and financial obligations of the spouse seeking maintenance; and
- the ability of the spouse from whom the maintenance is sought to meet his own needs and obligations while paying maintenance.
Dealing with divorce can be a daunting task, and if you or your spouse is requesting spousal maintenance, it is best to seek legal help regarding your rights and the law. If you are interested in learning more about spousal support, please schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.