Ogden, Utah Alimony Attorneys

In many divorces, one spouse earns substantially more income than the other spouse.  Indeed, in many marriages, one spouse takes on the role of “breadwinner” while the other spouse takes on the role of “homemaker” or “stay at home parent.”  Both spouses’ roles contributed to the parties’ ability to enjoy a certain standard of living during the marriage.  However, absent an award of alimony upon divorce, the “homemaker” would no longer be able to enjoy the same lifestyle.  Accordingly, the purpose of alimony is to attempt to equalize the parties’ respective standards of living upon divorce by requiring the “breadwinner” to provide continued financial support to the “homemaker.”

Alimony is an award of financial support upon divorce, essentially requiring the “breadwinner” to continue to financially support the “homemaker.” In Utah, courts consider a wide variety of factors in determining whether to award alimony, including:

  • The financial condition and needs of the recipient spouse
  • The recipient’s earning capacity or ability to produce income
  • The ability of the payor spouse to provide support
  • The length of the marriage
  • Whether the recipient spouse has custody of minor children requiring support

Ordinarily, an award of alimony is set to last the number of years that the marriage existed, and alimony terminates upon the recipient spouse’s cohabitation, remarriage or death. 

With over 170 years of cumulative family law experience, the attorneys at Farr Kaufman give their clients exceptional legal advice and strong legal advocacy regarding their alimony rights and obligations.  Contact one of the firm’s attorneys today to schedule a consultation.