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Montana Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Montana 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:

When determining support, the court will consider the following relevant economic factors without considering any marital misconduct: (1) the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance and the ability he or she has to become self-supporting or care for any children; (2) the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment; (3) the standard of living established while married; (4) the length of the marriage; (5) the age and the health condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; and (6) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance. (Montana Code - Section 40 - Titles: 4-203)

You can also read more about Montana spousal support in the Montana state statutes located at: http://data.opi.state.mt.us/.