Learn More about Alimony and Spousal Support Options in Maryland

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Alimony, also known as spousal support, is designed to help a spouse who is less able to support him or herself financially during or after a divorce. The court determines alimony awards based on a number of factors, but it must be awarded before the divorce is final. The law office of Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, LLC has successfully represented individuals seeking alimony as well as those defending against alimony claims. The attorneys’ combined 30 years of experience, as well as their work in and for the Maryland General Assembly, make them uniquely qualified to handle complex support cases within the confines of state law.

Types of alimony

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There are three different spousal support awards in Maryland:

  • Alimony pendente lite. “Pendente lite” means “pending litigation,” and alimony awards in this category last only from the day you file for divorce through the day the divorce is finalized. It does not guarantee that a person who was awarded alimony during this time will automatically receive it as part of the final divorce d
  • Transitional alimony. Transitional alimony is awarded to help a spouse develop a skill or trade or further his/her education in order to become self-supporting. Most transitional alimony awards are limited in duration. The support payments begin after the divorce is final.
  • Indefinite alimony. This alimony is rarely awarded, because there is literally no specified end date for payments. The courts might consider indefinite alimony if one spouse is seriously disabled or chronically ill, or if the divorce will create an income gap between the two individuals which is grossly disparate.

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    Alimony – Will I Receive It or Have to Pay It?

    Still unsure whether or not you are entitled to receive alimony – or whether you will have to pay it, instead? You can find some examples of who pays, and when, in the following video:

    The courts do not bar spouses from seeking alimony even if there is a grounds for divorce against them, and usually terminate awards upon the death or remarriage of the payee. Same-sex couples who are legally married in Maryland, or were legally married in another state, may petition for alimony as well.

    At Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, LLC clients work on-on-one with their attorneys. The firm has effectively represented diverse clients from around the state, including one client who was awarded $30,000 per month in alimony indefinitely.

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