Kentucky Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Kentucky Alimony

Either spouse may be awarded alimony or spousal support if: 
  • that spouse lacks the property to provide for his or her own needs; and 

  • that spouse is unable to find appropriate employment, or is unable to work because of obligations to care for children or others in his or her custody.  

If it has been determined that a party is entitled to alimony or spousal support, the amount and duration of the award will be determined based upon: 

  • the time necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment, and that spouse's future earning capacity; 

  • the standard of living established during the marriage; 

  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the ability of the spouse from whom support is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking support; 

  • the financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently and any share of a child support award intended for the custodian; and 

  • the age, physical and emotional conditions of the spouse seeking maintenance.

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