Spousal Support

Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, may be an issue when one spouse was the primary income provider for the family. After divorce, people may need supplemental income until they can be self-supporting. However, spousal support is not automatic. Clients often need legal counsel to assert their rights and interests.

Our goal as attorneys is not to seek spousal maintenance to punish the other party, but rather to seek payment in situations where it is really needed. Examples include:

  • A spouse did not work during the marriage or has been out of the workforce for a long time.
  • A spouse cannot work because of illness, injury or disability.
  • A spouse has limited job skills and education.
  • One spouse paid for the other's education or medical bills before the divorce.
  • One spouse would have a significant drop in living standards without supplemental income.

Spousal support awards are usually only permanent in very long-term marriages where there is a large disparity in income or assets. In most cases, they are meant to be rehabilitative, existing long enough for the receiving spouse to get back into the workforce or get an education. Effective representation requires knowledge of spousal support guidelines as well as effective negotiation and litigation skills to begin receiving or to continue receiving payments.

Contact RKPT for a consultation with our experienced family law attorneys about your situation.

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