What impact does physical abuse have on an award of Alimony?

Physical abuse is treated in a similar manner as adultery when it comes to monetary awards. Alimony is not granted or denied on the basis of punishing one party for an act of physical abuse. However, physical abuse can have an impact on the amount of alimony awarded. The party who physically abuses his/her spouse should be required to pay any medical bills resulting from said abuse, as well as provide assistance during the abused spouse’s recovery time.

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