Alimony, sometimes referred to as spousal support, may be awarded to either spouse in a Maryland divorce, but unlike child support, which is determined by formula, a court’s decision about whether to award alimony is much more subjective. The factors to be evaluated when considering an award of alimony are written into the Maryland Code. An analysis of these factors as applied to each case helps the court decide whether to award alimony, how much, and for how long.
Courts prefer to award rehabilitative alimony, which is designed to support one party for a limited time while he or she develops the ability to become self-supporting. Depending on the circumstances, the court may decide to award alimony for an indefinite period. Instead of leaving this important detail to the court, you and your spouse may work together through mediation, negotiation, or collaborative divorce to decide what alimony scenario makes sense in your case.
At the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, we believe you know more about your family’s financial picture than anyone else. Our proficiency in negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law offers you the flexibility to come up with creative, customized solutions to issues like alimony. Because alternative dispute resolution is not right for everyone and every case, we also have the knowledge and dedication required to fight for your legal rights when litigation is your only option.
Whatever the circumstances of your alimony matter, the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram offers the legal skill and experience necessary to help you develop a strategy and reach a resolution that works for your family. Call us at (301) 658-7354 or contact us through our website to schedule a consultation regarding alimony or any other family law matter. Our office is conveniently located in the Maple Lawn business district of Fulton, Maryland. We look forward to working with you.
To learn more, we invite you to explore our Frequently Asked Questions about alimony in Maryland.