While the general assumption may be that a judge will order you to pay every spare penny and then some to support your ex after your divorce, the reality is rarely that simple. We understand that many men lay awake at night during divorce proceedings worrying how they can afford two households. Fortunately, Alaska takes a rather fair position on how each spouse should manage financially after the split.
Regardless of who the primary earner is in your marriage and the level of income disparity, Alaska courts generally stand against awarding any spousal support whenever possible. A judge typically divides your shared marital assets as equitably as possible so that you and your spouse can continue with a reasonably level standard of living.
Reorientation and rehabilitation support
If the asset distribution does not provide enough for your ex to be self-sufficient, then the Alaska Court System may consider ordering one of two types of spousal support. A judge will generally award reorientation support when marital assets will not cover your partner’s living expenses. Its purpose is to be a financial cushion while she acclimates to a lower living standard.
After your divorce, the court expects your ex to take the necessary steps to become financially independent. If she requires more education to get a new job or promotion, you may have to pay rehabilitation support on the contingency that she uses the money for school or training.
Duration of spousal support
Spousal support orders in Alaska are almost always temporary. Rehabilitation support, which enables your ex to pay for school, usually lasts only for the duration of the educational or training period, typically no longer than four years. Unless your partner has a permanent disability or illness that prevents her from working, a judge generally orders reorientation payments to stop before a year at the most.
Fortunately, a divorce in Alaska may not be the financial death sentence that many men expect. To learn about how spousal support may apply to your situation, please find more information on our webpage.