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Iowa Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

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

The court may order maintenance to one spouse for a temporary or permanent amount of time after considering all of the following: 1.  The duration of the marriage. 2.  The age and health of the parties. 3.  The property award 4.  The level of education of each party. 5.  The earning capacity of the party desiring maintenance 6.  The feasibility of the party seeking maintenance becoming self-supporting at a standard of living reasonably comparable to that enjoyed during the marriage, and the length of time necessary to achieve this goal. 7.  The tax repercussions 8.  Any agreements made by the parties 9.  The provisions of an antenuptial agreement. 10.  Other factors the court may determine to be relevant in an individual case. (Iowa Code - Sections 598.21, 598.22 and 598.32)

You can also read more about Iowa spousal support in the Iowa state statutes located at: http://www2.legis.state.ia.us/.