Pursuing Alimony in Howard County

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Alimony payments are made from one spouse to another during or after a divorce to support one party who needs additional help becoming financially independent. The court will examine a variety of factors to determine a person's need for alimony, although there is no formula or calculator to decide how much award will be ordered.

The factors that are necessary for a "fair and equitable award" include:

  • Ability of the spouse who wants alimony to become self-supporting
  • How much time it will take receiving spouse to receive education to find employment
  • Couple's standard of living while married
  • Length of the marriage
  • Contributions of each spouse to the family
  • Circumstances that led to the termination of the marriage
  • Each spouse's age
  • Each spouse's physical and mental condition
  • Ability of the paying spouse to meet his or her own needs

You will need to file a claim for alimony as part of the divorce prior to the end of the marriage for it to be considered. Having an Ellicott City family lawyer guide you through the process can be extremely beneficial.

Legal Assistance from the Howard County Divorce Attorney

Maryland courts prefer to award rehabilitative alimony rather than permanent alimony. A spouse who remains at home will need time to prepare for the workforce, which may involve receiving tuition for education, training, or pursuing a professional license. The purpose of alimony, or spousal support, is to provide him or her with financial security until he or she becomes capable of earning a full-time income.

If you are seeking spousal support or need help fighting against a claim for alimony, speak with me at your earliest convenience. I have protected the rights of my clients for more than 10 years and have provided high-quality representation to each individual. My firm is dedicated to helping individuals and families throughout Ellicott City and other parts of Howard County by getting their cases through the legal system smoothly.