The factors considered for an initial determination of alimony and a modification of alimony are different.
If the court is making an initial determination of alimony they will consider the age, time out of the work force and earning capacity of the dependent spouse, they will also consider the income of both parties, the expenses of both parties and the ability of the supporting spouse to pay alimony. The age and health of the supporting spouse are also a factor. The length of the marriage can have a significant impact on the courts alimony decision.
If the court is being asked to modify alimony they would look only at factors that have changed since the initial order such as a change in income.
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