- Collaborative Divorce
- Property and Debt Division
- Post-Decree Motions
- Motion to Modify Custody
- Motion to Modify Parenting Time
- Motion to Move out of State
- Motion to Modify Child Support
- Motion to Modify Spousal Maintenance
- Contempt of Court
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Grandparent Rights
- Trials and Court Hearings
- Divorce and Family Law Appeals
What is Spousal Maintenance?
Formerly referred to as alimony, spousal maintenance is the payment from the future income or earnings of a former spouse for the support of the other former spouse. The awarded spousal maintenance (alimony) is awarded to the lesser earning party. One of the key considerations in whether to award spousal maintenance is the standard of living – quality of life – the parties had during their marriage.
An award of spousal maintenance can be temporary or permanent. An award of spousal maintenance also can be changed, and in some cases terminated.
There are many factors to consider when spousal maintenance is sought.
- The parties’ standard of living during their marriage
- The length of the marriage and, in the case of a homemaker, the contributions to the marriage of the homemaker and the employment opportunities forgone by the homemaker during the marriage.
- The financial resources of the party seeking spousal maintenance, including the property received by that spouse in the divorce and any child support received.The age and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance, and the ability of that spouse to become self-supporting, including following education or training.
- The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her own needs while paying spousal maintenance.