There are a number of important facts that everybody going through a divorce needs to know about spousal support and alimony. There are two factors that must be present before you can receive alimony payments, need of the receiving spouse and ability to pay on behalf of the paying spouse.
In other words, in order to qualify for spousal support you must be a dependent spouse and your former spouse must have the ability to make payments. Courts will not use alimony payments as a means of punishing one spouse and misconduct is rarely considered.
In determining spousal support the court will look at the financial situation of the parties during the marriage. You should be aware that it is rarely possible to maintain the same financial situation upon separation as during the marriage. Maintaining two households requires substantially more income than one household and may require some cutbacks and budgeting.