As in the case of child support, the concept of spousal support or alimony has to do with putting legal teeth into an arrangement that is considered fair. Spousal support may help a previously dependent spouse to maintain a lifestyle similar to that which he or she enjoyed during a marriage. If you are approaching a divorce, The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, in Fort Collins, Colorado, can educate you as well as work to protect your best interests in the area of spousal support.
A Divorce Should Not Leave One Partner Destitute
Have you been dependent on your wife or husband throughout the course of your marriage? If your marriage has lasted long enough, a family law judge may agree that your spouse should continue to support you after you split up. On the other hand, you may be the spouse who has earned most or all of the income in a marriage. You may be naturally concerned about keeping any spousal support obligations fair. An experienced divorce lawyer on your side can help protect your rights.
How Is Spousal Support Determined?
Unlike money intended for shared children, spousal support is not determined by a set formula. A family law judge may use discretion in approving or disapproving spousal support. With a knowledgeable family law attorney on your side, you can help ensure that your unique circumstances are taken into account:
- Did your wife or husband have an affair?
- Did you support your husband or wife through higher education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley or the University of Colorado at Boulder?
- Have you been laid off or has a cultural change made your career outdated? Or have you become ill or disabled? Are you likely to have less income than you did during the marriage?
- Did you lose your business because of a fire or flood?
Your unique situation should most likely figure into any spousal support order. Contact family attorney Lisa Grimes at The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, to learn how we can help you navigate matters such as spousal support and dividing assets and property from your marriage as a part of your divorce.
Establish A Fair And Clear Support Order
Make sure you and your spouse part ways with a fair financial plan in place. To speak with an experienced spousal support attorney at our firm, call us to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also reach out using our online system.
Spanish interpretation services are available if requested in advance. Our office is not regularly staffed with bilingual associates, but arrangements can be made. (Servicios de interpretación español están disponibles si se solicita con antelación. En nuestra oficina no es regular que cuentan con personal bilingüe, pero los arreglos se pueden hacer.)