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Alaska Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Alaska the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Superior Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court may order maintenance for a temporary or permanent period of time, in lump sum or periodic installments. The court will make an award after careful consideration of the following factors: (1) the length of the marriage and station in life of the parties during the marriage; (2) the age and health of the parties; (3) the earning capacity of the parties, including their educational backgrounds, training, employment skills, work experiences, length of absence from the job market, and custodial responsibilities for children during the marriage; (4) the financial condition of the parties, including the availability and cost of health insurance; (5) the marital conduct of the parties, including whether there has been unreasonable depletion of marital assets; (6) the distribution of property and (7) other factors the court determines to be relevant in each individual case. (Alaska Dissolution Statutes- Sections: 25-24-165, 25.24.230)

You can also read more about Alaska spousal support in the Alaska state statutes located at: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/.