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How Much Alimony Can I Expect to Receive?

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The amount of alimony (also called spousal support or maintenance) that one may receive in Missouri depends on several factors considered by the court. Here are some key points about alimony in Missouri:

  • Eligibility: Either spouse may receive alimony if they lack sufficient property or ability to meet their reasonable needs after the divorce.
  • Determining Factors: The court considers several factors such as the financial resources of each spouse, the time necessary for the seeking spouse to acquire education/training for employment, the standard of living during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the age and health of each spouse, and the ability of the paying spouse to meet their own and the former spouse’s needs.
  • Types: Missouri recognizes different types of alimony including temporary, rehabilitative, reimbursement, and permanent (modifiable or non-modifiable).
  • Amount: There is no specific formula, but generally, the amount should not exceed 40% of the payer’s income. The court aims to balance the reasonable needs of the receiving spouse with the ability of the paying spouse.
  • Duration: For marriages under 20 years, permanent alimony duration is typically not longer than the length of the marriage. For longer marriages, permanent alimony may extend longer or until death/remarriage.

The best way to estimate what you may receive is to consult with an experienced family law attorney in Missouri who can evaluate your specific circumstances against the state laws and precedents.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 408-5957.

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