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Hawaii Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Hawaii 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 Family Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court may order support and maintenance to a party for an indefinite or temporary period. In ordering spousal support and maintenance, shall consider the following factors: (A)Financial resources of the parties; (B)The potenial of the spouse seeking support to meet his or her financial needs; (C) Duration of the marriage; (D)Standard of living established while married; (E)Age of the parties; (F)Health condition of the parties; (G)Occupation of the parties while married; (H)Vocational skills and employability of the party seeking support and maintenance; (I)Needs of the parties; (J)Custodial and child support responsibilities; (K)Ability of the party from whom support and maintenance is sought to meet his or her own needs while meeting the needs of the party seeking support and maintenance; (L)Other factors which measure the financial condition in which the parties will be left as the result of the action under which the determination of maintenance is made; and (M)Probable duration of the need of the party seeking support and maintenance. (Hawaii Statutes - Title 580 - Chapters: 47)

You can also read more about Hawaii spousal support in the Hawaii state statutes located at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/.