Permanent spousal support: After a long marriage, which is typically defined as greater than ten years in length, permanent support may be granted by the judge if he decides that the dependent spouse is unlikely to go back to work and will need support for a long period of time.
Even though it’s called permanent support, but this type of support will eventually end. It will always end when the either spouse dies, but it will also end when the recipient remarries or even lives with another person in a marriage-like relationship and provides mutual support to each other.
Permanent Spousal Support Factors:
Among the factors that the court will look to to decide how much support you will receive are:
* The length of your marriage
* The standard of living established during your marriage
* Whether the standard of living can be sustained based upon you and your spouse’s incomes
* Your contributions to the marriage, including periods of unemployment due to your care of the children, to support your spouse’s career, or other such domestic duties
* Your education, work history, health, income, and earning capacity, as well as that of your spouse
* Your need for support
* Your spouse’s ability to pay support
* Whether you are able to work without undue interference to your parenting role
* Tax consequences of support
* A documented history of domestic violence
* Any other factors the court finds necessary
Every spousal support case is unique. Unlike temporary support where the court will use Dissomaster or other computer calculation to determine support, when setting permanent spousal support, the court may not rely on the software calculation. The court must consider the factors set forth above, and issue permanent support after weighing all of those factors in relation to the unique facts of your case.