South Carolina Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In South Carolina 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 will consider the following factors when ordering support from one spouse to the other: (A) the length of the marriage and the ages of the spouses; (B) the health condition of each spouse; (C) the educational background of each spouse and the ability to produce income; (D) the past employment and earning potential of each spouse; (E) the standard of living established while married; (F) the current incomes of each spouse; (G) the current expenses of each spouse; (H) the assets of each spouse; (I) custody of the children (K) the tax consequences to each spouse (L) the existence and extent of any support obligation from a prior marriage or for any other reason of either party; and (M) such other factors the court considers relevant. (Code of Laws for South Carolina - Chapter 3; Sections 20-3-120, 20-3-130, 20-3-140)