Whether you were just married or have been married for 20 years, paying spousal support to your spouse after you file for divorce may be required. A spousal support order is dependent upon both parties’ gross monthly income, along with other factors. Having to pay spousal support does not depend on your gender or whether your marriage partner has been unfaithful; financial information is calculated by a program called XSpouse.
When you hear the words “spousal support,” one might automatically think that it only relates to a man paying a woman a specific amount of money every month; however, that is not always the case. I have been working in family law for over 20 years and have seen a lot of varieties of spousal support. One case that sticks in my mind occurred with a woman who had 3 children. She was the primary wage earner. When she divorced her husband, he requested orders for child support as well as spousal support. After a full evidentiary hearing, the client was ordered to pay her husband over $10,000.00 per month in child and spousal support. The client could not understand how or why that happened. She felt it was unfair. After her husband obtained full-time employment, spousal support was eventually terminated. Just remember, a spousal support order is not gender-biased.