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:
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.