Legal definition of spousal support
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spousal support

Spousal support can be defined as the payment for support of an ex-spouse (or a spouse while a divorce is pending) ordered by the court. spousal support is more commonly called alimony. Spousal support is calculated based on the length of the marriage, both parties' income, standard of living, etc.
The court may order one party to pay spousal support to the other. The factors to be considered in making such an award are the circumstances of the parties, duration of the marriage by each party, including contributions to the care and educational opportunities, and the ability of the supported party to engage in gainful employment without interfering with the interests of any minor child in the custody of that party. Any award of spousal support may be modified or revoked if good cause is shown. However, when spousal support is not awarded in the original decree, that decree cannot later be modified to award spousal support.
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