Spousal Maintenance/Alimony

When couples commence the divorce process, it is inevitable that the income used to support one household will now be divided to support two households. Spousal maintenance, commonly referred to as alimony, is money that is paid by one spouse to help support the other spouse. There are different types of spousal maintenance: permanent, temporary or rehabilitative maintenance. In determining whether spousal maintenance is an issue in any divorce it is necessary to determine a number of factors including the parties’ standard of living, the lack of sufficient property, the parties’ employment and education experience, inability to support oneself, whether there will be a period of education or training, or time necessary to reenter the work force. The attorneys at Carson, Clelland & Schreder, are experienced in determining and providing realistic advice on spousal maintenance.