Idaho Alimony / Spousal Support
Idaho alimony, also referred to as spousal support is the amount of money one spouse pays to the other, by court order or through agreement of the parties, for support and maintenance. In Idaho the court may grant a maintenance order if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance either lacks sufficient property to provide for his or her reasonable needs; and/or is unable to support himself or herself through employment.
Idaho spousal support is intended to preserve the economic status of both parties, as it existed during the marriage.
In Idaho, pending an action for divorce the court may make an allowance for spousal support. This is called Pendente Lite alimony. Either spouse can receive alimony for the period of time it takes to prosecute the complaint for divorce.Spousal support or maintenance in Idaho can be awarded based on these factors:
- The financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance, including the marital property apportioned to said spouse, and said spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently
- The time necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse seeking maintenance to find employment
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance
- The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance
- The tax consequences to each spouse
- The fault of either party
Modification/Termination of Alimony in Idaho
In Idaho maintenance can be modified only upon a showing of a substantial and material change of circumstances.
Idaho alimony statutes can be found here: Idaho statutes
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