Spousal Support (Alimony):
Alimony, now termed spousal support or maintenance, is temporary or permanent financial support paid by one spouse to the other, either in one lump sum or in installments. Maintenance is designed to provide the lower-income spouse with money for living expenses over and above the money provided by child support. Maintenance differs from child support because it is ordered at the discretion of the judge. In 2014, our legislature implemented maintenance guidelines which the Courts are obligated to consider before entering a maintenance order. Unlike the child support guidelines normally adhered to by our courts, most courts are still using the calculated formula as a baseline. They then consider the additional factors of our statutes and enter an “equitable” figure. Additional maintenance factors the court will review are the parties’ ability to earn income, both now and in the future; their respective age and health; the length of the marriage; the division of property; the historical earnings of the parties; and, the expectations established during the marriage.
I can help you examine the options for your situation and give you an indication of whether spousal maintenance may be warranted in your case. We can discuss the pros and cons of seeking a settlement that includes the payment or non-payment of spousal maintenance as there are also tax considerations involved. Rest assured, I will carefully consider creative solutions to your unique situation.
With challenging legal matters such as spousal maintenance or alimony you should contact the Law Office of Lynne A. Weitzel, P.C. to schedule your initial consultation. I can be reached by phone at 303-395-4773, or by filling out my consultation request form.