Many complex issues can arise in the calculation and awarding of alimony, and those can change over the years. When a court awards spousal support, it considers the following:

• Standard of living during the marriage
• Stock options
• Whether one spouse needs support while going to school or learning marketable job skills. In this case, they might also need child care payments
• Whether one spouse is too ill or elderly to launch a new career
• How long the marriage lasted
• Whether one spouse is unable to obtain medical insurance

Change in spousal support can occur if the supported spouse dies or remarries, or when support payments end. If the marriage was long-term, either spouse can petition for the amount to be adjusted based on change of their circumstances since the previous court order. Jacoby & Meyers has extensive experience handling family law issues, and can provide you with reliable legal guidance. Please contact us today.