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Understanding How Our Courts Determine Alimony or Spousal Support

Alimony is also known as “spousal support”. This form of support is appropriate in some cases, depending upon the specific circumstances. The court has broad discretion to determine entitlement, the amount of alimony to be paid and the duration or length of the alimony period. The court has broad discretion but is required to consider certain factors when reaching a decision. I will briefly describe those factors below.