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Spousal support can help if property isn't enough

Life after divorce isn't always easy, but the way you handle the property division aspect of your case will help determine the kind of life you have after divorce. Many people focus on getting as much as they can out of the marriage, and to a degree, that's your right. However, your goal should be to find a way to have both sides walk away satisfied, so you can move on with the right financial support.

Sometimes, dividing your assets isn't going to be enough to give you the income you need to move forward. That's where spousal support can come in. If your spouse, for example, makes $100,000 a year while you make $29,000, there is a large discrepancy. Even if you receive 60% of your assets, it might not be enough to provide you with the same kind of life you had before your divorce (or even a reasonable lifestyle that is comparable to yours during the marriage).

In that case, you may want to seek spousal support. While there are no guarantees that you'll receive spousal support, you may be given it temporarily to help you go back to school or boost your income while looking for a better-paying job. This safety net is an important part of many divorces, especially when one spouse earns significantly more than the other.

In some cases, your need for support may be included in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If so, make sure you give this to your attorney, so that they can help you with seeking alimony or other financial support if you gave up your right to spousal support in the agreement.

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