The Vermont Alimony Law bears several sets of guidelines which help in explaining and determining alimony.
According to the code, for a spouse to receive either rehabilitative or permanent alimony, s/he should:
- Lack sufficient income and property, even for the reasonable needs.
- Lack a supportive employment to establish living standards due to various reasons like a child in custody.
Considerations for alimony:
Only then the court considers various factors to award alimony, which include,
- the Financial property of the spouse,
- income earning abilities of the petitioner,
- child support offered for the child in custody,
- support to become self dependent (like seeking education and employment skills),
- standard of living during marriage,
- duration of the marriage,
- age and health and
- finally the ability of the spouse from whom alimony is sought.