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Spousal support considerations during divorce mediation

Among the many factors that can be taken into consideration during divorce mediation proceedings is spousal support. Determining a spouse’s eligibility to receive alimony often involves multiple criteria. For instance, Utah family law guidelines outline numerous factors for identifying whether a spouse is entitled to spousal support, and how much of that financial support should equal.

According to the Utah Courts website, spousal support can be awarded during marriage separation, divorce proceedings and/or after a divorce has been finalized. Husbands and wives are both eligible to receive alimony depending upon the unique circumstances of their marriage and financial situation. And while a number of general guidelines are in place outlining the terms for granting alimony, the standards are largely implemented on a case-by-case basis.

For instance, the Utah State Legislature website explains that the family law court can take a large number of factors into consideration when determining the appropriate amount of alimony in any case. State guidelines also place restrictions on the amount and length of spousal support payments that can be granted. An ex-husband or wife is typically no longer eligible to receive alimony if he or she dies or remarries, for example.

Some of the factors that can play a role in determining alimony include but are not limited to:

  •          The recipient spouse’s earning capability
  •          The custody arrangements of any children in the family
  •          The length of the union
  •          The circumstances surrounding the cause of the divorce

Given that family law courts across the state of Utah have the discretion to rely on such a large number of guidelines for determining spousal support, mediation proceedings can focus on the unique needs and expectations of both parties in a case.


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