The amount of alimony paid per month will be determined by the supporting spouse's ability to pay. The court will determine said spouse’s earning ability. The spouse’s earning ability is going to be determined by looking at the education, training and experience, ability to earn, assets, savings, and passive income.
Next, the court is going to look at the spouse’s monthly living expenses. Everything that is considered a living expense includes housing costs, clothing, debts, food, and general living expenses. The court is also going to look at the supporting lifestyle of the spouse. The gap between income and expenses is the supporting spouse’s ability to pay. That is then compared to the reasonable need of the spouse.