What Happens at an Alimony Hearing

At a hearing, both parties present evidence regarding his/her respective gross and net incomes, his/her current reasonable living expenses, information regarding his/her marital standard of living in the years before separation, and other relevant factors.  The dependent spouse will introduce evidence to determine the difference between his/her reasonable monthly needs compared to his/her net monthly income. This difference is the amount of support that the dependent spouse claims he/she needs from the supporting spouse.  The supporting spouse will introduce evidence showing his/her net monthly income, his/her reasonable monthly need, and the amount of leftover income, if any, that can be paid as support to the dependent spouse. Additional evidence can also be presented that is relevant to any of the other sixteen factors the court is to consider, including evidence as to marital misconduct.