Tennessee Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

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

When determining the amount of support and whether or not it is to be a temporary or permanent order, the court will consider the following factors: (1) the value of any separate or marital property owned by the spouses; (2) whether the spouse seeking alimony is the custodian of a child whose circumstances make it appropriate for that spouse not to seek outside employment; (3) the need for sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment; (4) the standard of living while married; (5) the length of the marriage; (6) the comparative financial resources of the spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market and any retirement, pension, or profit-sharing benefits; (7) the needs and obligations of each spouse; (8) the contributions each spouse made to the marriage and the acquisition of marital assets; (9) the relative education and training of the spouses and the opportunity of each party to secure education and training; (10) the age of the spouses; (11) the health condition of the spouse; (12) the tax ramifications of any award; (13) the usual occupation of the spouses during the marriage; (14) the job skills and employability of the spouse seeking alimony; (15) the marital conduct of the spouses during the marriage; and (16) any other factor the court deems just and equitable. (Tennessee Code - Volume 6A, Title 36, Sections 36-4-101)

You can also read more about Tennessee spousal support in the Tennessee state statutes located at: