The Court has a great deal of discretion to order spousal maintenance (formerly known as “alimony”) in such amounts and for such periods of time as the court deems just after a consideration of relevant factors. Legislatively mandated factors for consideration include but are not limited to: a) the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance; b) the time necessary for the party seeking maintenance to acquire sufficient education or training to find employment; c) the standard of living established during the marriage; d) the duration of the marriage; e) the age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the spouse seeking maintenance; and f) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his needs and financial obligations while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance.
The law in this area is extremely flexible, with the Court allowed a great deal of discretion. Accordingly, predicting how a Court will rule regarding maintenance can be difficult, with every case unique and requiring its own analysis. There is no one-size fits all calculation, but we will work together to analyze your family’s particular circumstances to ensure appropriate spousal maintenance orders (if any).