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Maine Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

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

The court shall consider the following factors: 1. The duration of the marriage; 2. The ability of each party to pay support; 3. The ages; 4. The employment history and employment potential of each party; 5. The income history and income potential of each party; 6. The education and training of each party; 7. The provisions for retirement and health insurance benefits of each party; 8. The tax consequences and the property award 9. The health and disabilities of each party; 10. The tax consequences of a spousal support award; 11. The contributions as a homemaker; 12. The contributions of either party to the education or earning potential of the other party; 13. Dissipation of assets by either party; 14. The standard of living of the parties while married; 15. The ability of the party seeking support to become self-supporting within a reasonable period of time; 16. The effect of the following on a party’s need for spousal support or a party’s ability to pay spousal support; 17. Any other factors the court considers appropriate. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 851, 951)

You can also read more about Maine spousal support in the Maine state statutes located at: http://janus.state.me.us/.