How is spousal support determined?

UPDATED: Mar 26, 2012

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How is spousal support determined?

My wife and I have been married for 16 years and for most of those years she made more money than I did. Then 3 years ago she quit her job and refuses to get another one. If we divorced would I have to pay spousal support?

Asked on March 26, 2012 under Family Law, Nevada


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, spousal support is determined by various facotrs that the courts look at and give weight to in a divorce.  These factors include the length of the marriage, the health of the spouses, the earning capacities of the parties, the recent or extended unemployment for one of the spouses, the spouses' respective educations and the assets and liabilities of the spouses.  Refusing to get a job will not bode well.  Get legal help.  Good luck. 

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