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My wife committed adultery - Could she still get alimony?

Maryland is a fault-based state, meaning that there must be legal justification for a divorce. One valid reason is adultery. Although cheating can impact child custody and other parts of a divorce, alimony is one thing that is not affected. This means that, unfortunately for the spouse who was cheated on, he or she may still have to fork over monthly spousal support payments according to Maryland state law.

What are the purposes of alimony?

When Maryland couples divorce, one party may be able to receive spousal support. This is especially true if one spouse worked while the other stayed home to raise a family. Alimony may also be awarded if both spouses worked, but one earned significantly more than the other. There are two main types of alimony: rehabilitative and reimbursement. This post will discuss these alimony types and when they are awarded.

Importance of proper documentation of alimony payments

In many Maryland divorces, one spouse is awarded alimony, even though it is not a requirement. What is required, though, is keeping proper documentation regarding this form of spousal support. Although most spouses detest having to pay alimony, one benefit is that it is tax-deductible. In a messy divorce, it's not uncommon for one spouse to challenge amounts paid or received. Without proper documentation, the IRS or court could order additional alimony payments or cause the payer to lose his or her tax write-off. Read on to find out what records the payer should keep.

How does a pay increase after divorce affect alimony?

One of the realities that Maryland couples will likely face after divorce is that one spouse will be obligated to pay spousal support to the other. In most cases, the monthly payments will last forever - that is, until one of the spouses dies. What happens when the payor ends up with a sizable increase in income decades down the road? Is the recipient entitled to an increase in alimony?

Why you should consider lump sum alimony

Unfortunately, divorce comes with many financial consequences, including spousal support. It is rare to find a divorced Maryland man or woman who enjoys paying alimony to an ex-spouse. However, it is an obligation often ordered by the court, especially if one spouse is financially unable to support himself or herself for a temporary period. Although most alimony payments are made on a monthly basis, there is the option to pay it all in one lump sum. Is this something you should consider?

I earn less than my ex-wife. Will I still owe her alimony?

Gone are the times when the husband was almost always forced to pay the ex-wife alimony in a divorce. Family roles have changed for many Maryland spouses. In many households, the husband stays at home with the children, while the wife is the one working and financially supporting the family. Because of this, alimony is not always awarded to women. In fact, spousal support is not even an issue in some marriages. It is awarded based on various factors.

In some cases, alimony amount not set in stone

When Maryland couples divorce, one party may be forced to pay the other spousal support. In most cases, this alimony is paid until either party dies or until the receiver remarries. But what happens if the payer becomes unemployed or experiences a decrease in income? Can the payments be modified, at least for a temporary amount of time?

Can gay couples seek alimony after divorce?

When heterosexual couples from Maryland divorce, one party typically has the right to seek spousal support from the other partner so that the person with the lower income can maintain the standard of living he or she enjoyed while married. But what about same-sex couples who are legally married? If their marriage turns sour, do they have the right to seek alimony from the partner with the higher income?

Man jailed for failure to pay permanent alimony

After a Maryland divorce, spousal support is often awarded to the spouse with lower income. Most parties wish they could ignore alimony altogether - who willingly wants to pay money to their ex-spouse on a regular basis? But, the reality is that failure to pay alimony can result in serious penalties. The duty to pay it is taken very seriously in some cases - so much so that sometimes people are jailed for non-payment. That was the case for a man who was jailed for refusing to pay $2,000 a week in permanent alimony to his ex-wife.

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