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Spousal Support

Spousal support is also known as alimony or maintenance. In Maryland, spousal support may be awarded to either the husband or wife in a divorce if the court determines it is warranted.  The parties may agree upon spousal support, or may leave it to the court to decide whether there will be spousal support, how much, and for how long. 

How the Court Decides Spousal Support

In Maryland, it is generally understood that the purpose of spousal support is to allow the financially weaker party to get back on their feet and become self-supporting.  With this in mind, spousal support is usually for a limited time.  However, where the party seeking support is too aged, ill or disabled to become self supporting, or where the parties’ standards of living would still be too disparate, long-term or permanent alimony may be ordered.

The court considers the following  factors in evaluating the need for spousal support:

  • The ability of the party seeking alimony to be self-supporting
  • How long it would take that party to get sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment
  • The duration of the marriage and standard of living established during the marriage
  • The contributions, monetary and non-monetary, of each party to the well-being of the family
  • The circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties
  • The age, physical condition, and mental condition of each party
  • The ability of the party from whom support is sought to meet his or her needs while paying alimony
  • Any pre-existing agreement between the parties
  • The financial needs and financial resources of each party

Because many of these factors are subjective, strong advocacy is crucial for a favorable outcome.  Our firm is prepared to advocate forcefully for the needs of our clients in our efforts to ensure that an award of spousal support or alimony is fair in both amount and duration.

Protecting Clients’ Interests During Divorce and Beyond

Like the circumstances surrounding child support, circumstances impacting spousal support often change over time.  Although spousal support  that was denied at the time of divorce cannot be granted later, if spousal support was granted, it may be modified to comport with the changed circumstances.  If you are paying or receiving alimony based on circumstances that no longer exist, you should speak with us without delay.

We invite you to contact The Law Office of Michael Golburgh to learn more about spousal support or to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.

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Post-Judgment Modifications
Issues Involving Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Neglect

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