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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Utah?

In Utah, spousal support or alimony is awarded after looking to the couple’s standard of living.  The court may consider fault for divorce in determining alimony and must at least consider the following factors: the financial condition and needs of the recipient spouse; the recipient's earning capacity or ability to produce income; the ability of the payor spouse to provide support; the length of the marriage; whether the recipient spouse has custody of minor children requiring support;  whether the recipient spouse worked in a business owned or operated by the payor spouse; and whether the recipient spouse directly contributed to any increase in the payor spouse's skill by paying for education received by the payor spouse or allowing the payor spouse to attend school during the marriage.  (Utah Code Title 30 Husband and Wife Chapter 3 Divorce Section 5) 

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