If you’re getting divorced, navigating the legal process in Maryland can be complex and overwhelming. One of the most important topics to know about is alimony. Alimony is a legal obligation for one spouse to provide financial support to the other, and it is a common part of divorce. In Maryland, the court can award different types of alimony to either spouse depending on their circumstances. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various types of alimony available in Maryland and how they are determined.
Types of Alimony
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a form of financial support paid from one spouse to another during or after a divorce. In Maryland, several different types of alimony are available depending on the circumstances.
Alimony pendente lite is awarded during the time between when a divorce is filed and when it is finalized. This type of alimony helps one spouse maintain their current standard of living while they await the final resolution of their divorce proceedings. It is not a guarantee of a post-divorce alimony award.
Rehabilitative alimony is the type of alimony most commonly awarded in Maryland divorces. This type of alimony is typically associated with a time-limited goal, such as the recipient completing an educational program or job training to be able to support themselves. The amount and duration of rehabilitative alimony will depend on the divorcing couple’s individual circumstances.
Indefinite alimony is a rare type of alimony awarded without a specific end date. The court usually awards indefinite alimony when one spouse has been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. One party to the divorce might receive indefinite alimony if their lifestyle is “unconscionably disparate” from the other party’s without an award of support. Also, the court might award this type of alimony if one spouse has significant medical issues that prevent them from working.
Determining the Amount of Alimony
The amount of alimony one spouse receives depends on the couple’s unique financial circumstances. The court considers the following factors, among others, when determining alimony in a Maryland divorce:
- The duration of the marriage
- The relative earning capacity of each spouse
- The age and physical condition of each spouse
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The current financial resources of each spouse
- The contribution made by each spouse to the marital estate
- The contribution made by either spouse as a homemaker
- The economic circumstances of each spouse at the time alimony is awarded
Modifying or Terminating Alimony
In Maryland, the court may decide to modify or terminate the alimony order under certain circumstances. This can occur if either party experiences a significant change in their financial circumstances, such as a job loss, disability, or a substantial raise in income. Additionally, the paying party may petition for termination if the alimony recipient remarries or if not doing so would have a harsh and inequitable result.
Speak With a Maryland Divorce Lawyer
Divorces can be complicated and highly emotional. Seek the counsel of an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer to guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected. At The McKeon Law Firm, we understand the complexities of Maryland alimony law and have the experience to help you pursue the best possible result in your case. Our divorce attorneys are committed to providing clients throughout Maryland with the legal guidance they need to make informed decisions about their alimony cases. Call us today at (301) 417-9222 for an initial legal consultation with an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer.