Which Party Generally Has To Pay Alimony Or Spousal Support In A Divorce?
In Nebraska, spousal support is not guaranteed or even common in every case. A person who is seeking alimony or spousal support would have to show that they cannot afford their monthly expenses, and the other spouse would have to have the means to pay for spousal support. The court would look at the disparity in income between the parties, and consider other factors such as whether or not the person who is seeking spousal support sacrificed their career for the marriage. For example, if a mother stayed home to watch the children for several years, then she would not have been able to move up the corporate ladder during that time. The court will also look at the length of marriage. If a marriage lasted less than eight years in Nebraska, then, in most cases, a spouse may only receive temporary spousal support. However, there are exceptions to every rule. Ultimately, the determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.
How Is The Amount Of Alimony Or Spousal Support Determined?
Every judge has a different way of determining the amount of alimony to award. If one spouse needs money but did not sacrifice their career for the marriage, then a judge might just award enough so that the spouse can pay their bills. If a spouse does not have a need but sacrificed their career, then a judge might award an amount that would allow for that spouse to become whole again after having sacrificed that career. There are exceptions to every rule, but spousal support is generally intended to fill in or supplement what a party is unable to pay on their own.
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