Spousal Support/Maintenance

What Is Spousal Support?

  • Spousal Support (also called Alimony or Maintenance) is assistance through money, open to those who were legally married. It is in credit to a partner’s role in the marriage and to help the recipient spouse achieve independence.
  • It is either based on an agreement between the parties or awarded by the court.
  • It is not automatically awarded in divorces or separations. The judge has to decide it's needed based on a set of factors.