Spousal Support Attorney in Annapolis
Ensuring You Receive the Assistance You Need
Spousal support, or alimony, is a recurring monetary award one spouse pays to the other during or after a divorce. In Maryland, the court awards alimony to a spouse if they show financial need. However, the purpose of alimony is to assist the receiving spouse in gradually becoming self-supporting. The court wields a significant amount of power in determining if you are eligible for support and the size of the award you receive. In order to make sure you get the help you need, the Annapolis spousal support lawyers at The Law Office of Patrick Crawford are prepared to champion your rights.
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Types of Spousal Support
Alimony is awarded so that each spouse is able to maintain the standard of living they grew used to while married. It also serves as a safeguard to ensure that one spouse’s lifestyle is not unconscionably disparate from the other’s. However, the court expects the receiving spouse to make genuine efforts to become more self-supporting within a reasonable length of time following the finalization of the divorce.
The three categories of alimony awarded in Maryland are:
- Temporary: only lasts for the duration of the divorce proceedings
- Short-term: support is given to one spouse to help them during adjustment period
- Indefinite: when one spouse shows he or she is unable to become self-supporting, whether due to age, disability, or illness
How is the Amount Decided Upon?
When making decisions concerning alimony, the judge will likely consider:
- The duration of the marriage
- Both spouse’s age and overall well-being
- Each spouse’s financial need and access to attaining resources
- The couple’s standard of living while married
- Both spouse’s contribution to the marriage
- The manner and likelihood the receiving spouse could become self-supporting
- If one party is at fault for the divorce, such as in cases of adultery, abuse, or abandonment
The court takes these factors into account along with financial considerations, such as the retirement options and potential tax consequences for each spouse. Finally, they will come to their decision and order the award they see fair. In Maryland, alimony is paid until either spouse dies, the recipient remarries, or there is a significant change in circumstances that is brought to court.
What We Can Do for You
Whether you are relieved or distraught over the end of your marriage, it is important to take the necessary actions to provide for your future. The Annapolis divorce attorneys at The Law Office of Patrick Crawford, are prepared to help fight for your rights. We show our commitment to providing you with personalized solutions through prioritizing accessibility and spending time getting to know you. We want you to feel assured you are receiving our full effort, focus, and competent care.
Because you are worth it. Get in touch with our law office at (410) 656-6227.