Alimony and Spousal Support in Maryland

Considerations in Spousal Support

alimony,divorce,child supportSpousal support may go on even after the marriage has been terminated. However, there are certain requirements and time frame before you can collect alimony depending on conditions surrounding the marriage as well as reasons for the divorce. Do not confuse this matter with division of property or child support.

If you are getting divorced and need help regarding spousal support payments, it is advisable to seek the services of a legal counsel. We have experience in spousal support cases during negotiations and judicial hearings. Specializing in domestic relations law, David Bach can get the best spousal support settlement for you.

Blocking Alimony

The right of a spouse to alimony may be discontinued if it is proven that the person committed infidelity. However, it is quite difficult to prove adultery. There are no solid rules to determine either the amount or extent of spousal support in Maryland after a divorce takes place. The primary considerations include who gives support, how long and how much will be given. These will be based by the court on one spouse’s financial requirements and the other’s capability to pay. There are no parameters compared to the issue of child support. However, there are different factors that affect alimony decisions in this state.

Factors affecting Support

Both spouses must be aware of the facets of spousal support determination. These include the respective ages of both parties; length of marriage; present and future ability to earn; standard of living during the marriage; supporting party’s capacity to pay; financial assets of both partners; needs of each party including minor dependents; and, tax consequences. In Maryland, categories of alimony are temporary, rehabilitative and permanent. Provisional support for the spouse is given if parties are not divorced. It may be continued after the divorce. Rehabilitative is for a specific duration. It is given while the other spouse is looking for a job or receiving training. Permanent alimony is more for the long-term unless the paying spouse dies or the recipient marries another person as well as cohabitation with another individual in a relationship equivalent to marriage. If you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer, find out how we can help. Call for a  consultation any time.