Spousal support is an important support for some spouses going through divorce. For many people, spousal support is the difference between being able to afford to take time to find a job or having to rely on others. The goal of spousal support is to provide support to a lesser-earning spouse until they're able to be gainfully employed or until their financial situation improves.
Temporary or permanent spousal support orders are possible. Either one may be granted if the court finds that the spouse does not have enough property to provide for their reasonable needs or is unable to support themselves in line with the standard of living that was established during marriage.