Factors Determinative of Standard of Living

In order to ascertain maintenance, one of the criteria the court looks at is the Standard of Living of the parties while married. These criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

Appraisal of residence

Vacation homes

Regularity of dining out



Golfing and other sporting activities

Athletic event tickets

Types of activities of children


Clothing purchases

Food purchases

Church donations



How regularly credit cards are paid off


Cleaning services

Lawn services

It is important for the judge to know the type of living style enjoyed by the parties in order to attempt to make sure that any maintenance obligation fits into the previous lifestyle of the parties.