What is maintenance?

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What is maintenance?

Maintenance was previously known as alimony and is a spouse's right to support from the other spouse. Maintenance is separate from child support, but may be combined with child support and made in one payment; this type of support is called "unallocated support". There are several factors the court considers in making an award of maintenance, including:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The disparity in income;
  • Whether there are children of the marriage;
  • The age and health of the parties;
  • Each party's ability to earn income; and
  • The standard of living established during the marriage, among others.

There is no exact formula for the length or amount of maintenance payments.

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