In divorce, the assets that previously supported one household now need to support two households. That can create significant financial hardship, particularity for the lower-earning spouse. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a complex area of divorce that can cause great concern for both parties. Unlike child support, spousal support isn’t governed by mandated guidelines. The decision to award alimony, as well as the determination of how much and for how long, is at the discretion of the court based on consideration of various factors. Because the alimony award and its various facets aren’t easily ascertained, the process can be unsettling for both parties. Setting alimony levels too high or too low can leave ex-spouses in unfair and financially perilous situations. Establishing appropriate spousal support is paramount to ensuring that both households are financially stable. If alimony might play a role in your divorce, the skilled counselors in our Family Law Practice Group can help protect your rights and your best interests.
analyze the specific facts of your case and advise you how the information will impact your request for spousal support or ability to defend against a spousal support claim. circumstances of both spouses, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Age, health and special needs
- Incomes of each party and income disparity
- Occupation and vocational skills
- Employability and earning capacity
- Financial obligations
If you have certain covenants in place, such a premarital agreement or co-ownership agreement we can help you understand how those contracts might affect any spousal support claims. We take the time to understand your unique situation and then work to negotiate the spousal support that’s appropriate for your needs.
Your best interests always come first.
To find out how the attorneys of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC can help protect your rights and your future with spousal support solutions that work for you, call us at 410.995.5800 or email an attorney from our Family Law Practice Group.