When you are going through a divorce, you might envision that a finalized divorce will mean that you will be completely financially dependent on your spouse. However, this is not always the case. In circumstances where there is a large disparity between each spouse’s prospective income, alimony, or spousal support, may be ordered.

Many divorcing spouses have concerns about how a spousal support order may affect their quality of life in the future if they are ordered to pay. Additionally, they often wonder how alimony decisions are made in the state of Rhode Island. The following are some of the most common questions asked.

Is spousal support always temporary in the state of Rhode Island?

Some spousal support is referred to as permanent spousal support, but this term can be misleading. Spousal support obligations are very rarely lifetime obligations. Instead, their purpose is to help the recipient of the spousal support be able to live financially independently in the foreseeable future. A time frame is usually given when the order is made.

What factors are taken into account when a situation is being assessed?

There are many different factors that are taken into account regarding spousal support orders. The biggest factors will be each spouse’s ability to gain income and each spouse’s financial and nonfinancial contributions to the marriage.

Will the spousal support order be fair?

The courts in the state of Rhode Island try to come to a conclusion that is a good compromise for each party. If you have concerns about how spousal support will be calculated in your situation, an attorney can provide more information.