If my spouse makes more money than I do, does he/she have to pay me any money?

In some cases, the answer is yes. When one spouse is required to contribute to the other spouse’s income, the court makes an award of spousal maintenance. Maintenance is awarded when one spouse cannot meet his/her own needs and the other has the ability to pay. The amount and period of time is based on factors such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, the reason why the requesting spouse cannot be self-supporting.

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