One of the most common questions people have at the initial stage in their divorce is whether they are eligible to receive alimony.  In Nebraska there is not a specific calculation that determines whether alimony will be awarded. Rather, an award of alimony is left to the discretion of the judge or negotiating between the parties.  There are several factors the court may consider when making an alimony determination, but the outcome will be most impacted by the unique facts of your case.

The more information about your case that you can provide to your attorney, the easier it will be for your attorney to perform an alimony analysis. 

This information includes:

  1. A history of the interruptions in your education or career for the benefit of your spouse, including transfers or moves due to your spouse’s employment
  2. A history of the interruptions in your education or career for raising children, including periods during which you worked part-time
  3. Your complete educational background, including the dates of your schooling or training and degrees earned
  4. Your work history, including the names of your employers, the dates of your employment, your duties, your pay, and the reasons you left
  5. Any pensions or other benefits lost due to the interruption of your career for the benefit of the marriage
  6. Your health history, including any current diagnoses, treatments, limitations, and medications
  7. Your monthly living expenses, including anticipated future expenses such as health insurance and tax on alimony
  8. A complete list of the debts for you and your spouse
  9. Income for you and your spouse, including all sources

There are other factors to consider, such as additional contributions you made to the marriage, upcoming medical treatment, or lack of jobs in the field in which you were formerly employed.

At Koenig|Dunne, we know no two alimony cases are alike. If you’re interested in spousal support, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case as it relates to alimony in Nebraska. 

Angela Lennon

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