Understanding Spousal Support in Utah

Alimony, which is also called spousal support, can be a challenging issue in modern-day divorces. It forces separating couples to confront difficult problems regarding their future lives, and how they would interact.

Who should receive alimony and how much? Should alimony be permanent or temporary? Should it reflect how both spouses lived during marriage? How much time and education does the spouse receiving alimony need before he or she can become self-sufficient?

These are all questions spouses and courts must ask when deciding alimony issues in a divorce. Provo alimony attorney Kim Buhler has more than 18 years of experience helping clients find answers. She will use all her legal knowledge and insight into the situation to argue towards the best possible solution to the case.

To speak with a strong yet compassionate attorney about alimony, contact attorney Buhler by calling 801-960-3346.

Utah Alimony Factors

The legal system makes various considerations and exemptions in alimony cases to make room for as many possible scenarios. But alimony attorneys still need guidance on how to proceed with a case effectively.

Utah courts consider a number of factors when determining whether to award alimony to one spouse. It is the lawyer’s responsibility to make their clients understand these factors, and gather as much pertinent information on the case as possible. Some of these factors are:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living at the time of separation
  • The financial condition of both parties, including debts
  • The ability of the alimony recipient to earn income
  • The paying spouse’s ability to provide support
  • The contributions of the recipient spouse to the other spouse’s education
  • Fault

Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how much alimony a spouse will receive. Instead, each spouse must provide evidence that supports the amount he or she wishes to receive or pay — to each other and to the court.

Contact a Utah County Spousal Support Lawyer

To learn more about alimony and whether it is an option in your divorce, contact Kim H. Buhler, Attorney at Law, P.C. Call 801-960-3346 to arrange a meeting.