Determining Alimony In A Divorce

Spousal support, also known as alimony, depends on separate factors, including the length of the marriage, the age and health of each spouse, the incomes and debts of each divorcing spouse, and the educational attainment and job skills of each spouse. The number of dependent children may also be a consideration in an alimony determination.

At Vail A. Kaufman, P.A., we help divorcing spouses in Maryland to reach appropriate family support arrangements, through productive negotiation or in-court litigation. We understand that no two support situations are identical, which is why we provide flexible solutions.

Meet with our experienced spousal support attorneys, and we can discuss your circumstances thoroughly, assess your options and pursue the support amount that suits your needs. Our lawyers represent clients who intend to receive alimony as well as those who face demands to pay it. We can inform you on any issues related to potential alimony, including tax impacts to both payers and recipients.

What Are The Types Of Alimony In Maryland?

Alimony is a periodic payment by one former spouse to the other. The purpose of alimony is to provide an opportunity for the recipient spouse to become self-supporting. If alimony is awarded, it is usually this kind of "rehabilitative alimony." It is awarded for a certain period of time to allow a dependent spouse to become self-supporting.

Other types of alimony in Maryland include alimony pendente lite and indefinite alimony.

The former alimony type can be awarded by the court prior to your divorce becoming final. It is intended to maintain the dependent spouse's standard of living during a divorce and is no guarantee of a post-divorce alimony award.

The latter alimony type is uncommon and is awarded with no specified end date. Recipients are typically spouses of advanced age, illness or disability who cannot support themselves or whose former spouse enjoys a higher income that is "unconscionably disparate" from that of the dependent spouse.

Let Us Answer Your Alimony Questions. Contact Vail A. Kaufman, P.A.

For more information or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Greenbelt alimony attorneys, contact us online or by calling 800-724-1621 or 301-850-2470. We maintain offices in Greenbelt and Columbia, Maryland.