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When may the court grant alimony?

If you are getting a divorce in Kentucky, you may be ordered to pay alimony to your ex-spouse. Alimony or spousal support is a payment to help that person with their living expenses and to help him or her maintain a quality of life that is similar to that of when you were married. Not every divorce case involves alimony payments. 

The Kentucky Legislature explains there are specific conditions that must be met for the court to impose alimony and then only for an amount and time based on certain factors. You may be ordered to pay alimony if your spouse cannot provide for him or herself. This includes considering the assets he or she has and his or her ability to find and/or maintain employment. Financial situation, age, physical health, the standard of living and the duration of your marriage are all considered when deciding how much you will pay and for how long. 

Whether your spouse can get further education to improve his or her financial situation may also be taken into account. For example, if your spouse can earn a degree that will allow him or her to gain employment that can sufficiently support him or her, then you may be required to pay spousal support only for the period of time it takes him or her to earn a degree. 

The court also considers whether you will be able to support yourself and pay alimony. In addition, if your spouse has custody of your children, this plays a role in the determination. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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