Spousal Support is Not Mandatory.
The court has the power to order spousal support but it is not required to (at least post separation).
The Purpose of Spousal Support.The purpose of spousal support is to maintain the standard of living during the marriage.
If the Court Orders Spousal Support.If the court decides to order spousal support, it looks at a complex set of fourteen (14) factors to determine both the amount and duration of support. The factors include: the earning capacity of each party; the needs of each party based on the standard of living during marriage; the oblligations and assets of each party; the length of the marriage; the age and health of the parties; and the ability of the supported party to obtain employment, etc...