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Spousal support considerations in Nevada

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2020 | Family Law |

Do you have concerns about supporting yourself after divorce? You may want to consider requesting Nevada alimony. 

Alimony, often called spousal support, refers to court-ordered payments made by one former spouse to another for a set time period. 

Types of alimony

You can ask the Nevada court to order temporary, short-term, rehabilitative or permanent alimony. Temporary alimony persists only during the separation, ending when the court issues a final divorce decree. 

Short-term alimony may last several months or years after a divorce. These payments should facilitate the transition to a financially independent lifestyle. 

Rehabilitative alimony allows you to pursue education and job skills after divorce. For example, this type of spousal support could fund your living expenses while you finish the nursing program you started before you had children. 

The court may order permanent alimony in rare cases. You will likely qualify only if you need long-term support because of your age, a physical mental disability, or the need to care for a child who has special needs. 

Factors for consideration

Nevada courts award alimony only if you can demonstrate both financial need and your spouse’s ability to pay. The judge will review: 

  • The standard of living you enjoyed during the marriage 
  • How long the marriage lasted 
  • The value of the assets each of you own 
  • You and your spouse’s income and job situation, including projected future income 
  • How you and your spouse contributed to the attainment of marital property, including nonmonetary contributions such as housekeeping and child care 
  • The age and health status of both you and your spouse 
  • Whether you had a career before the marriage 

Nevada divorce law does not establish an alimony calculator. The judge decides on a case-by-case basis.