Alimony is common in divorces where there is a significant difference in the financial situation of one spouse compared to another. Particularly, if one spouse is not employed and the other spouse is, then alimony may be required in a Maryland divorce. Alimony is commonly intended to provide a less affluent spouse with temporary financial assistance so that he or she can get back on steady financial feet again following a separation.
In some cases, alimony will be assigned to help an ex-spouse pay for the education and/or professional training necessary to become financially independent. This type of spousal support is referred to as rehabilitative alimony and it can be very helpful to a spouse who is put in a difficult financial situation as a result of a separation. The amount and size of rehabilitative alimony payments are determined as a percentage of the “moneyed” — or more affluent — spouse’s income.
Regardless of what side of the debate a Maryland spouse is on — if you are the payee or the recipient – the Law Offices of Paula J. Peters, P.A., is ready to use our expertise and experience to help you navigate your legal proceedings relating to spousal support. Most individuals want an immediate answer to the question: How much and for how long? We are highly familiar with the benchmarks, percentages and other factors that Maryland family law courts use when making decisions relating to alimony payments, and we can provide you with an accurate idea of what to expect in your case.
Settling an alimony dispute out of court is usually preferable to taking the matter to trial. Not only is settling a more cost effective solution, but if an out-of-court agreement can be made, it tends to be less taxing on individuals on an emotional and psychological level. At the Law Offices of Paula J. Peters, P.A., the initial consultation with our firm is completely free of charge. Contact us, and we will be happy to discuss your rights with you.