How does spousal support work in Indiana?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2021 | Child And Spousal Support

Although couples may divorce, there might not be a complete dissolution of financial arrangements. In Indiana, the courts may award spousal support, another name for alimony. Through alimony payments, one spouse may be able to cover several expenses that might be necessities. State law does establish means for courts to render decisions about alimony calculations.

Seeking spousal support during divorce proceedings

Under Indiana law, the court does not consider “standard of living” or “marital fault” when factoring in spousal support. Other statutory items, along with custodial parent status, factor into alimony determinations. So, a spouse that commits adultery won’t receive “punishment” in the form of high spousal support payments, nor is one spouse expected to cover the high lifestyle the other spouse experienced during the marriage.

However, the courts may arrive at a support figure that addresses a medical condition. The amount might consider a disabled spouse’s inability to work or provide for self-support.

The court may understand a spouse lacks “sufficient property” to care for oneself. Such issues may contribute to an alimony award amount decision.

Other matters to consider in alimony decisions

The concept of “rehabilitative maintenance” could factor into a spousal support decision. Rehabilitative maintenance, also known as rehabilitative alimony, provides support for three years. The purpose focuses on giving a spouse financial support for the time necessary to become self-sufficient.

Contrary to what some might believe, spousal support negotiations need not always be contentious. The parties may come to a mutually acceptable agreement during settlement talks.

Alimony award amounts might change, even after the judge makes a decision. Revising or canceling spousal support may occur, depending on case circumstances.

Someone with concerns about spousal support amounts may discuss reasonable expectations with an attorney. An attorney could seek a fair judgment under Indiana law.

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