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Determining alimony requirements during divorce

Divorcing couples in Kentucky face varying circumstances and common complexities including child custody, asset separation and alimony agreements. Often, especially in marriages where one spouse has been the designated homemaker, alimony will be awarded to provide financial assistance and security. Sometimes, the arrangement may be temporary until the non-working spouse is able to find employment. In other circumstances, it could be a long-term requirement.

According to an article released by the New York Times, many individuals who are required to pay alimony are pushing for legislation to change. They believe that the current laws are outdated and do not take into consideration the fact that in today's modern times, many marriages have two working spouses and dual incomes. As a result, these people feel that they are being wrongly required to make payments to their ex.

According to the Huffington Post, courts look at a variety of different factors in determining whether or not alimony will be allotted, how much will be paid and how long payments will be required. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Each person's income including salaries, bonuses and commissions among other things.
  • The length of the marriage.
  • Impending charges including domestic violence, assault and other criminal convictions.
  • Each person's standard of living.
  • The ability of each person to acquire a job and maintain a living.
  • The health and age of each person. 

Some people opt to deny alimony payments either because they are capable of taking care of themselves or because they desire to sever any connection with their ex. However, the decision to accept or reject alimony is a personal decision that should be considered with careful thought.


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