When there is Need
New Hampshire Courts may award alimony to either party in a divorce where, in simplified terms, (1) one party needs alimony, (2) the other has the ability to pay, and (3) the party in need can't support themselves through appropriate employment. The factors the court considers in determining the amount of alimony are many. The court considers the length of the marriage; the age, health, social or economic status, occupation, amount and sources of income, the property awarded in the divorce, vocational skills, employ-ability, estate, liabilities, and needs of each of the parties; the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income; the fault of either party; and the federal tax consequences of the divorce decree. Given all of these considerations, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney help you in an alimony contest.