American Fork, UT asked in Divorce for Utah

Q: Divorcing after 23 years. Wife makes $4100 gross I make $7400 gross. What to expect for alimony?

2 children will be paying $1200 child support. Wife is keeping home.

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Christopher J. Salcido
Christopher J. Salcido
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  • Sandy, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: The primary factors for alimony are as follows: length of marriage, your ability to pay, your spouse's need. Feel free to contact me to discuss details.

Paul Waldron agrees with this answer

Paul Waldron
Paul Waldron
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  • Orem, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Alimony is the area where judges have the most discretion. The primary factors in order of importance are (1) recipient spouse's need, (2) payor spouse's ability to pay, and (3) length of the marriage and standard of living during the marriage. There are many other factors as well, but these are the first factors to be considered, which will determine (1) if there will be an alimony obligation and, if so, (2) how much will be the alimony obligation (there could be a graduated schedule for amounts), and then (3) how long will the alimony obligation be. Alimony is taxable to the recipient and tax deductible to the payor, and terminates upon the remarriage or cohabitation of the recipient or the death of the payor.

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