Divorce can be very challenging for a person that has been financially dependent on their spouse. Alimony is typically awarded in these situations to help this person get back on their feet and transition into financial independence. Alimony is paid by the supportive spouse, generally, the spouse who made more money during the marriage. It is usually temporary, but depending on the circumstance it can be permanent.

If you are facing this situation, it can be a very scary experience for you. At Helgesen, Houtz & Jones we have had the opportunity of working with hundreds of people in a very similar situation. We specialize in alimony and know how to help you. You shouldn’t have to go through it alone. Please give us a call, or schedule a free consultation with us using the link below. We will do all we can to guide you step-by-step through this process.

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Alimony is also commonly known as “spousal support”. After a divorce, it is common for a spouse that earns substantially more than another spouse to pay alimony.

How is alimony calculated?

Determining the amount that the supportive spouse will be required to pay in alimony is very difficult. The court looks at multiple factors and uses a very sophisticated formula to come up with an exact number. The following are some of the factors the court uses:

  • Reason for terminating the marriage
  • Marriage length
  • Financial needs of each spouse
  • Earning history and potential for each spouse
  • Education of each spouse
  • Age and current health condition of each spouse
  • % custody of each spouse
  • Contributions to the marriage by each spouse


Financial information

As you can imagine, the court will want to have specific information regarding your finances when determining alimony. Financial declarations are required from each party and will be made under oath. The court will require the following to be submitted as part of your financial declaration:

  • Most recent 2 years of tax returns
  • 12 months of pay stubs, along with any additional income
  • Estimated value of real estate; could be an appraisal or tax notice
  • Bank account statements
  • Proof of living expenses (bills, loans, etc)


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Our family law team is ready to help you. We specialize in alimony, as well as many other family-related issues. We have worked with thousands of people going through similar situations, and we know how to help you. Please give us a call at 801-544-5306, schedule a free consultation online, or ask us a question in the contact form below.

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