Do I Qualify for Spousal Support?

Obtaining spousal support is one of the trickier aspects of most divorce agreements. While it seems obvious that children under a certain age require support from both parents, it isn’t always so clear whether a spouse is deserving or in need of financial support from their ex after the divorce is finalised. If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for spousal support, continue reading for more information about the factors that may qualify you for financial assistance moving forward.

If you have an exceptional need for financial support, you may qualify for spousal support. The first qualifying factor of spousal support is that the spouse requesting financial assistance from their spouse must demonstrate some type of exceptional need for financial aid. If you have a medical condition that prohibits you from providing for yourself, or if there is a big difference between your education and employment compared to that of the other spouse, you could very likely qualify for some level of spousal support.

If your spouse’s bad behavior caused the divorce, you may qualify for spousal support. In some cases, when one spouse engaged in abusive or neglectful behavior that resulted in the divorce, the other spouse may qualify for financial help. This is especially true if abusive behavior by your spouse prevented you from seeking employment or education that would allow you to support yourself after divorce.

If your spouse has the ability to pay you, you may qualify for spousal support. The last big factor affecting whether or not you qualify for spousal support is your spouse’s ability to pay you after the divorce. If your spouse does not have the financial means to provide support, there is a good chance the court will decide in their favor.

The Law Office of Lindsay Soto can help you pursue a spousal support agreement during your divorce. To learn more, click here or call 503-315-7344 to speak with an experienced family law attorney.