Will Spousal Support Apply In Your Divorce?

At Green & Weinstein, PC, attorney Green and attorney Weinstein often hear questions from parties of a divorce about whether spousal support, often referred to as alimony, will be a factor in the final divorce settlement. Often, one spouse may need temporary spousal maintenance until the financial ground settles. The other spouse is often worried about being left impoverished from paying support. The questions nearly always come around to, "How much alimony?"

Spousal Support

Unlike child support, there are no official guidelines for alimony in Maryland. There is a list of factors which come into play, but each judge may interpret them differently. The most prevalent issues are the incomes of the parties involved and the amount of money they each need to sustain their lifestyles. It is one of the most complicated family law issues in Maryland, but an experienced lawyer can help.

There is a list of factors which comes into play when determining whether alimony should be part of the final divorce judgment.

There are two basic kinds of alimony that often become part of a final divorce judgment, permanent alimony and rehabilitative alimony. Unlike child support, there are no official guidelines for alimony in Maryland.

Types of alimony include:

  • Permanent spousal support
  • Rehabilitative support for job training or school
  • Reorientation support for helping a spouse re-enter the workforce

Determining alimony is not subject to any specific mathematical formula. Instead, there are several factors considered by the Court in determining the appropriate alimony award. Each judge may interpret them differently. The most prevalent issues are the incomes of the parties involved and the amount of money that each spouse needs to sustain his or her lifestyle. It is one of the most complicated family law issues in Maryland, but an experienced lawyer can help. The factors include:

  • The ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partially self-supporting
  • The time required for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to be self-supporting
  • The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The contributions, monetary and non-monetary, of each party to the well-being of the family
  • The facts and circumstances leading to the dissolution of the marriage
  • The age, physical and mental condition of the parties
  • The ability of the party from whom alimony is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the party seeking alimony
  • All income and assets, including non-income producing property
  • Any marital property award
  • Such other factors as the court deems it necessary or appropriate to consider in order to arrive at a fair and equitable award of alimony

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Contact attorney Dawn Green or Charlotte Weinstein to learn more about possible alimony options. Whether you think you may be obligated to pay support or you think you deserve to receive some form of support, we can help you understand how the courts look at the alimony questions that arise during a divorce. Attorney Dawn Green and Charlotte Weinstein offer sound legal advice, responsive communication, and will always stand firmly to protect your rights and your best interests in spousal support matters. Maryland family law is attorney Green's only area of practice, and always has been.