Having custody of a child does not impact whether alimony is owed. Whether alimony, or spousal support
, is to be paid depends on the length of the marriage and the income abilities of the spouses. If you mother can not work, or has not worked in 10 or 20 years, you father will likely have to pay spousal support---that is true.
Issues the court will generally look at in determining alimony include:
1.The present respective incomes of the parties;
2.The education levels and earning capacities of the parties;
3.The ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties;
4.The duration of the marriage;
5. Whether either party will be caring for children of the marriage;
6. The standard of living established during the marriage.
While the amount of alimony you might be awarded can be virtually impossible to determine based on the facts you have provided, when alimony is awarded in similar situations it generally amounts to 15% to 25% of the higher earning spouse's income. The duration of alimony often runs approximately 50% the number of years of the marriage.
As for the marital assets accumulated, if your parents can not decide on their own, the court will divide the marital assets roughly in half and give half to each of them.
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