Idaho & Washington Alimony
Generally, alimony is financial support paid by one partner to another. The legal basis of alimony is that divorce should not cause a dependent partner to become impoverished or suffer a drastic reduction in their lifestyle. This means that alimony helps the lower income partner in providing for food, clothing, housing, and other necessities.
The purpose of alimony is to support the needs and standard of living of the partner, not to equalize incomes. Any person requesting alimony must show that they have a need for the support and their partner has enough means to provide for that need.
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