Spousal maintenance also known in some states as alimony, allows for one of the parties in a divorce to receive payments, in order to get back on their feet financially after the marriage ends. The award can be made on behalf of either spouse, but is most commonly thought of as something requested by wives. Regardless of which party seeks support, it is important that assets and liabilities be divided equitably during the divorce process. A skilled family law attorney will take a look at your case, and help make sure you get what you need in order for a fresh start.
Spousal maintenance is determined by looking at certain factors set forth in the statute, some of which include:
- Does the spouse seeking maintenance lack adequate resources or property to care for themselves financially?
- What was the standard of living during the marriage, to which the spouse seeking support has become accustomed?
- What are the chances, and how long will it take, for the spouse in need to get the education needed to find employment?
- The length of the marriage.
- The income of each party.
The Court will also consider factors that are unique to your case. The award may be for a certain amount, and for a certain timeframe. The thing to remember is that the final award should fit the facts of the case. This is true whether you are the recipient, or the one making payment. We have helped people on both sides of this equation, and work for results that are fair. Call our office today for more information.
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