Alimony may be awarded when one spouse needs help to support him or herself after a divorce. If you believe you need alimony, or think you may be asked to pay it, you probably have many questions. At the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, LLC we regularly deal with Maryland alimony matters. There are many factors affecting whether alimony is awarded, how much is granted, and for how long.
We’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked alimony questions below.
Alimony is financial support that is paid by one spouse or received by another to help maintain the standards of living that were established during the marriage, or to assist a financially dependent spouse in his or her efforts to become self-supporting.
Eligibility for alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis and the court must consider a number of different factors, including:
Do you have the ability to become self-supporting?
How much time is needed for you to complete the education or additional training necessary to be self-supporting?
What standards of living were established during the marriage?
How long was the marriage?
Have you made monetary and non-monetary contributions to the well-being of the family?
Why did the marriage break-up?
How old are you? How old is your spouse?
How is your health (physical and mental)? How is your spouse's health?
Can your spouse afford to pay alimony?
Are there any agreements between you and your spouse?
What are your financial needs and resources? What are your spouse's financial needs and resources?
There are no standardized alimony guidelines in Maryland. If you are eligible for alimony, the amount you will get (both how much and for how long) will be determined by evaluating the same eligibility factors outlined above.
The answers to these questions are general in nature and are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship or to replace specific legal advice. We invite you to contact our office at (301) 658-7354 to schedule a consultation, so that we can learn about the facts of your case and respond to the particulars of your unique situation.