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How is Spousal Support Calculated in Missouri?

Spousal maintenance, also known commonly as “alimony,” is something that everyone has heard of, but nobody really knows about how the process for determining these awards works. This is one of the more common questions we receive at Coulter Lambson.

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THE CALCULATION PROCESS

First, the court must determine whether it is appropriate to award one spouse an alimony award, including determining whether the spouse requesting could potentially be self-supporting or not. This can include looking at things such as work history, education, and child custody responsibilities.

The court will consider the following factors in determining amount and duration:

  • Financial resources of the dependent spouse
  • Earning capacity
  • Time necessary for the dependent spouse to obtain training or education
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Duration of the marriage
  • Assets and debts
  • Conduct during marriage
  • Age
  • Physical and emotional condition
  • Ability for other spouse to provide support

Unlike some states, there is no simple formula or standardized guidelines for alimony payments. Each case is determined on an individual basis based on this extensive list of factors. It’s also important to know that this award is not necessarily permanent, and can be modified by the petition of either spouse for substantial changes in circumstances, such as finding a new job, moving in with a new partner, or getting re-married.

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