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Alimony/Spousal Support

Alimony/Spousal Support

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In a Maryland divorce that involves a spouse that is not self-supporting, or there is a large disparity between spousal incomes, alimony or spousal support is appropriate.  In some cases, alimony can be rehabilitative when a spouse is capable of being self-supporting in the future, or, it can be indefinite alimony, when a spouse is either unable to be self-supporting, or, even if they do become self-supporting, there will still be an unconscionable disparity between the lifestyles of the former spouses.  The determination of whether indefinite or rehabilitative alimony is complicated and involves many factors.  Those factors include the following:

  • the ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partly self-supporting;
  • the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment;
  • the standard of living that the parties established during their marriage;
  • the duration of the marriage;
  • the contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party to the well-being of the family;
  • the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties;
  • the age of each party;
  • the physical and mental condition of each party;
  • the ability of the party from whom alimony is sought to meet that party’s needs while meeting the needs of the party seeking alimony;
  • any agreement between the parties;
  • the financial needs and financial resources of each party, including:
    • all income and assets, including property that does not produce income;
    • any award made under §§ 8-205 and 8-208 of this article;
    • the nature and amount of the financial obligations of each party; and
    • the right of each party to receive retirement benefits.

It takes a unique and skilled family attorney to determine the amount and duration of alimony, or whether a case is properly suited for an alimony analysis at all.   This is true for both the primary wage earner and the economically-dependent spouse.  At the time of divorce, each spouse is attempting to protect themselves for the future in a post-divorce life and is important to carry this understanding with you during the litigation process.     

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