How and when do I get upkeep?

Divorces usually end with one spouse paying alimony to the other.

How much and how long varies in the US.

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When do you get maintenance?

Alimony is sometimes referred to as spousal support or spousal support. It is designed to help bridge the financial gap from marriage to divorce when you are dependent on your spouse’s income. Each state has its own rules for determining the amount and duration. Read more about it here.

Because it is at the discretion of the state, it is virtually impossible to say which state pays the most.

Various factors go into determining how much child support is payable. For example, property division, dependents and length of marriage. Some states still recognize common law marriage when making the decision.

In 2018, the policy changed. Alimony awarded in a post-2018 divorce settlement is not tax deductible for the paying spouse or recipient. The exemption from taxation does not affect cases settled before January 1, 2019.

Perpetual Upkeep

Child support payments are becoming increasingly rare. Some federal states are aiming for complete abolition. It can be awarded if:

  • A spouse is too old to re-enter the labor market to have financial stability
  • have developed a disability or health problem that will prevent them from taking care of themselves in the future

States that still grant permanent alimony payments are:

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

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