US Spousal Maintenance Lawyer
Spousal maintenance refers to a payment schedule that determines how much money one spouse collects from the other after a marriage ends. Also termed alimony, spousal maintenance is usually granted to the partner who makes the lower income or has stayed home with the children.
Spousal maintenance can go towards maintaining the lifestyle that the partner has become accustomed to during the marriage, paying for schooling or training to return to the work force and payments to acquire a life of independence after the marriage ends. Although traditionally it was the male that paid spousal maintenance to the female, this is not always the case. Furthermore, there are several instances where spousal maintenance will not be rewarded to either party; it all depends on the individual circumstances surrounding the marriage and the divorce.
Whether you are concerned about how you will live financially after a divorce or whether you are worried about how much alimony you will be forced to pay, we can help. US divorce attorneys have over 50 years of combined professional experience helping couples and individuals get through the trials and tribulations that come with the ending of a marriage.
Spousal Maintenance Schedule
How much spousal maintenance you are given each month or have to pay each month will depend on a number of factors including:
- Whether the agreement is permanent or temporary. Permanent spousal maintenance means that you will receive payment until you remarry, your spouse passes away or the court terminates the alimony at a later date. Temporary spousal maintenance has a time limit in place, usually providing enough time for the partner to gain financial independence.
- The financial resources available to each party, such as schooling, education, income and inheritance
- Whether there are children involved and who takes care of them
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The time frame of the marriage, the age and the emotional condition of each party
- The loss of earnings, seniority, retirement benefits, and other employment opportunities forgone by the spouse seeking alimony;
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One other thing to consider when it comes to spousal maintenance is that what you have done in the past will not reflect how much money you will pay or receive. For example, if you are the one filing the divorce, this does not mean you will be granted less alimony. If your spouse has cheated, this does not impact the spousal maintenance schedule. Child custody payments will also not impact alimony as they are considered two separate things.