What Is Support/Maintenance?

Before the judge decides how much support is needed for either spouse, he will think about: how long the husband and wife have been married; the ages of the husband and wife; their health; their work and what they earn; and what money or property they have. (This was formerly known as alimony.)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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