Missouri Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors
In Missouri 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 Circuit 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 permanent or temporary period after considering all economic relevant factors including: (1) The financial resources of the party desiring support (2) The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment; (3) The earning capacity of each spouse; (4) The standard of living established while married; (5) The financial obligations and resources of each spouse; (6) The length of the marriage; (7) The age and health condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; (8) The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; (9) The conduct of the parties during the marriage; and (10) Any other relevant factors.
The maintenance order shall state if it is modifiable or nonmodifiable. The court may order maintenance which includes a termination date. Unless the maintenance order which includes a termination date is nonmodifiable, the court may order the maintenance decreased, increased, terminated, extended, or otherwise modified based upon a substantial and continuing change of circumstances which occurred prior to the termination date of the original order. (Missouri Statutes - Title 30 - Chapter 452 - Sections: 335 and 345)
You can also read more about Missouri spousal support in the Missouri state statutes located at: http://revisor.mo.gov/main/Home.aspx/.
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