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Alimony and spousal support are synonymous terms for an allowance of support, whether temporary or permanent, ordered against a party to their former spouse. Unlike child support, an award of spousal support is discretionary by the Courts.
Temporary spousal support occurs during the pendency of the divorce, while permanent spousal support is a financial award that takes place after the divorce is granted.
Spousal support is based upon what is just and equitable and comes in two (2) forms, general or rehabilitative.
An award of spousal support based upon the factors enumerated in NRS 125.150(8), which include:
Pursuant to NRS 125.150(9), a party may be awarded spousal support in order to obtain training or education related to a particular job or profession. The Courts will consider (a) whether the party paying support obtained greater job skills or education during the marriage and (b) whether the party receiving the support provided financial support while the other spouse obtained greater job skills or education.
Furthermore, a party may be entitled to additional support for the following:
Spousal support may be ordered for a finite period of time or in perpetuity. However, the death or remarriage of the party receiving support, automatically terminates the paying party’s support obligation. Additionally, an award of spousal support may be ordered to be paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments.
Unless stipulated to by agreement, the paying party’s support obligation is modifiable upon a 20% change in the paying spouse’s gross monthly income.