Should I Ask For Spousal Support In My Divorce?

In Colorado, spousal support (called maintenance, also known as alimony) is not an automatic right in divorce. It is a decision made by the courts, typically when one party does not have sufficient assets to meet their needs following divorce and is unable to support themselves through gainful employment or has childcare responsibilities they cannot ignore. So, should you ask for maintenance in your divorce?

The answer comes down to the particulars of each divorce case.

Health and Age

Spousal support may be granted to you if you have a medical condition that affects your ability to work or requires expensive treatment, especially if you have an ongoing condition. Additionally, if you are near retirement age, the courts will consider how your retirement will affect your finances and quality of life to determine if you should be eligible for maintenance.

Education and Employment

If your spouse has a significantly higher education than you and earns much more as a result, the courts will consider spousal support. This is especially true in cases with unemployed stay-at-home parents or spouses who will need time to increase their education and experience to find gainful employment.

How Long Have You Been Married?

Depending on the length of your marriage, you may be able to receive spousal support. The duration of spousal support will be determined by the length of marriage, with longer marriages receiving longer term spousal support.

Some people decide to trade potential spousal support for a greater share of the divorce settlement, while others prefer to receive monthly payments. The only way to know which is best for you is to discuss your case with your divorce attorney.

Our Denver divorce lawyers can assist you in determining is spousal support is right for you.

Introducing The Divorce Matters Spousal Maintenance & Child Support Calculator

Hello, readers! We have an exciting new announcement that may help you and your spouse figure out some of the logistics of your divorce, and you can access it directly from your Android or iOS device. Our law firm has published a free app, which you can find on Google Play by searching “Child Support Calculator CO” and on the App Store under the name “Divorce Matters Colorado Spousal Maintenance and Child Support Calculator.”

It does exactly what it sounds like it does ”“ it is a simple, portable method of quickly estimating how much you might be expected to pay for spousal maintenance (alimony) and child support if you are involved in a divorce. Knowing is half the battle ”“ our app provides a thorough, inclusive analysis of your financial situation and applies Colorado laws and statutes to help provide you with an accurate estimate of how much you or your spouse will be expected to pay, based on factors like gross monthly income, length of your marriage and a breakdown of costs you might not realize can affect alimony and child support payments. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help relieve some of the stress and uncertainty of an upcoming divorce.

App Requirements:

If you are on iOS, our app is supported by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later.

If you are on Android, you should be able to access our app as long as you are running Android 4.0 or up.

Our Denver divorce attorneys seek to provide the premier client experiences for divorcing couples in Colorado.