Managing a household effectively is a big job, and you and your wife may have decided at the beginning of your marriage in Alaska that she would take on that role, and you would be the breadwinner. Now that you are divorcing, she is returning to the workforce at what she believes to be a disadvantage.
At Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC, we understand how the Alaska courts determine whether spousal support is necessary, so we are able to counsel and assist men whose wives request these payments during and after divorce.
The Alaska Court System explains that a judge considers a number of factors when deciding whether to award spousal support. These include earning potential, education, work skills and experience, how long your spouse stayed out of the workforce, the division of property and any other matters that may be relevant. There are two kinds of spousal support in the state.
The court orders payments specifically for education and job training. Your spouse must justify the need by identifying a work goal, the school or program that will help her meet that goal and the timeframe needed to complete it. The court will only award payments for the amount of time necessary to receive the degree or complete the program. If your wife does not use the money as she claimed she would, the court may end the support.
This type of spousal support should help to meet your spouse’s needs temporarily or help her with an adjustment period if the property division leaves her in a living situation that is not as beneficial as she had while married. A judge usually will not order more than a year of reorientation support.
More information about Alaska’s spousal support laws is available on our webpage.