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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded Pursuant to Divorce in Nevada?

In Nevada, a court may award alimony (spousal support) to either spouse if the court deems the financial support is reasonable. Judges consider many factors found in Nevada Revised Statutes 125.150 in deciding whether to grant alimony, including the relative earnings, earning capacities, and educational levels of the spouses, their ages and health, the duration of the marriage, whether either spouse has been out of the work force for a long period of time, the individual assets and liabilities of the spouses, and their relative needs.

Alimony is granted on a no-fault basis and not based on the fault of either of the spouses in the breakdown of the marriage. A court also may order temporary spousal support, also called maintenance, while the divorce proceeding are pending.

In awarding spousal support, the court may also set apart a of the husband’s separate property for the wife’s support, the wife’s separate property for the husband’s support, or the separate property of either spouse for the support of their children if the court determines doing so is fair and equitable.

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