Colorado Spousal Support/Alimony Attorney
One of the most difficult issues in many divorces is alimony, which is actually called maintenance or spousal support in Colorado. Alimony or maintenance can be mutually agreed upon by the parties outside of court in a contractual agreement, or it can be determined by a judge in a court order. A contractual agreement will fall outside the court’s jurisdiction in the future, which means that if someone’s financial situation changes significantly, the court can not order a change in the maintenance agreement. If maintenance is court ordered, a judge may have jurisdiction to order a change in the future if the circumstances warrant. The experienced Centennial divorce attorneys at Ammarell Deasy, LLP can help you decide whether alimony is appropriate in your case, and what level of support is fair.
What Is Alimony for?
The purpose of alimony is to ensure that each person involved in the marriage is able to support themselves after the divorce. In many cases, one spouse may have been the primary breadwinner, and it may be extremely difficult for the other to maintain their standard of living without sharing in that income. In many cases, temporary maintenance will be awarded, an order which will be in effect until a final agreement is reached or court order is issued. There is a formula for determining temporary maintenance if both people make less than $75,000.00 per year. The Greenwood Village spousal support lawyers at Ammarell Deasy can explain in greater detail how temporary maintenance works. There is generally no permanent alimony in many divorces, but when a couple was married for a very long time, or if one spouse is unable to work for some reason, then it may be appropriate.
Every Alimony Case Is Different
Child support can be fairly predictable in a divorce case, because the state sets a formula for determining support. Maintenance, on the other hand, is truly evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A Greenwood Village divorce law firm who has experience in alimony cases can help you understand what to expect, but if you do go to court to determine alimony, the judge has a tremendous amount of discretion in these matters. Nevertheless, an experienced Colorado divorce lawyer can explain some rules of thumb to give you an idea of what you might expect to either pay or receive in maintenance, depending on the details of your case.
When Do Maintenance Payments Stop
If the financial circumstances of either party significantly change, it may be possible to request a modification to maintenance agreements. Contractual alimony agreements typically include a duration in the agreement and terminate on a given date. In a case with court ordered maintenance, it may be possible to ask the court to adjust the alimony award. It is worth noting that in most cases, maintenance payments will stop if the receiver of the alimony is remarried.
Speak with the experienced Greenwood Village spousal support lawyers at Ammarell Deasy, LLP today to discuss alimony or maintenance if you are considering divorce. Ammarell Deasy works hard for every client, and will work with you on spousal support to protect your rights and ensure that you get an alimony agreement that is fair for you. With many years of combined family law experience in Colorado, the dedicated Colorado divorce attorneys of Ammarell Deasy, LLP understand every aspect of your divorce law. For more information, call (303) 470-3020 or use the contact form on this website.