Both during the pendency of a dissolution and after things are finalized, the issue of spousal support is crucial for both parties. The supported party is in need of counsel to advocate to obtain funds to provide for living expenses. The supporting party is in need of counsel who will ensure that all orders are fair and balanced. This issue can be especially complex with non-traditional sources of income or self-employment. In addition, the court must consider a number of factors in the determination of the appropriate support amount, including but by no means limited to the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage, the income and/or earning capacity of both spouses, the needs of the supported spouse, the supporting spouse’s ability to pay, tax considerations, and, if applicable, the best interest of the children. Both parties should have competent counsel to help navigate this complex and important issue.