Alimony—commonly referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance—is ordered in divorce cases based on one persons need for support and the other’s ability to pay the support. While Courts often focus on the ‘need’ element in determining the amount of alimony to be awarded, both ‘a need for’ and ‘an ability to pay’ must be present for the Court to award alimony.
Unlike child support, there is currently no guideline in Oklahoma for determining the specific amount of alimony that can be awarded. Courts evaluate current and expected future incomes, accustomed standards of living, educational backgrounds and physical/health conditions of the parties when determining an amount for an alimony award. The fact that so many variables can affect an alimony or spousal support award makes it even more important that you have an experienced attorney to guide you through these issues.