Separating from a spouse is a difficult experience for any family. When going through with a divorce, you may also have to deal with the possibility that you may have to make alimony payments or that you may need alimony after or even during the divorce proceedings. If you need legal assistance to manage an alimony issue related to your divorce, you should consult with an experienced Baltimore alimony attorney as soon as possible.
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice understand the many issues that spouses may face during divorce proceedings, and we are here to address your concerns. Our firm has extensive experience handling divorce cases involving alimony payments, and we would be pleased to offer you the legal services that you deserve. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss the details of your alimony case, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291. You may also schedule your free case evaluation online.
Do You Have to Pay Alimony in Baltimore?
Alimony is a legal duty of one spouse to provide the other spouse with financial assistance during or after legal separation, limited divorce, or absolute divorce. There are a number of ways that an alimony payment could be determined depending upon the circumstances of each case.
In one scenario, the spouses can contract between themselves to determine alimony obligations. When drafting an alimony agreement without going to court, it would be wise to retain an attorney for each spouse. If one spouse feels that the other had all the bargaining power, this could lead to legal issues in the future. It is important to note that if one spouse waives their right to alimony or agrees to bar the court from modifying the alimony agreement, this contract would be binding. As a result, a spouse could be stuck with payments they previously agreed to uphold with their partner.
However, it is not always necessary for spouses to figure out alimony payments themselves. Spouses can also turn to the courts to resolve alimony payments.
Upon request by one spouse, Maryland’s family court will determine alimony payments for the divorcing couple. As mentioned, a spouse does not have to wait until the end of the divorce to obtain alimony. One reason for this is to ensure that the spouse can continue to support themselves while divorce proceedings are pending. Additionally, if a divorce was performed in another state, the State of Maryland can still approve alimony payments provided that the one-year residency requirements are met.
If you wish to learn more about the factors used to determine alimony payments in Maryland, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Baltimore alimony attorney today.
How Alimony Is Calculated in Baltimore, MD
If one or both spouses decide that the court should resolve their alimony dispute, the court will look at a number of factors to determine the appropriate payment amount. For example, the court will look at whether the spouse seeking alimony payments is capable of fully or at least partially supporting their personal needs. The following are other factors the court may consider when determining alimony payments:
- The time needed for a spouse to earn an education or training that will allow them to support themselves
- The standard of living that the spouse was accustomed to during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The contributions of each spouse to the family (e.g., leaving work to care for children full time)
- The cause or causes of the divorce (e.g., infidelity, gambling)
- The overall health of each spouse
- The financial resources available to each party
- Marital property received in the divorce
- Whether the spouse applying for alimony has custody of children from the marriage
This is not a comprehensive list. There are other factors the court may use to decide alimony payments.
It is important to note that alimony payments are purely intended to be temporary, while one spouse takes the time to become self-sufficient. As a result, it is likely that alimony payments will only be awarded for a limited amount of time.
However, there are some cases where the court may award alimony to a spouse for an indefinite duration. For example, if one spouse is severely disabled, this could affect the length of an alimony order. Additionally, the court will also consider the amount of wealth of each spouse.
If a former spouse does not comply with alimony orders from the court, there are a number of ways the court may respond. For instance, the court could submit an order to garnish the wages of the former spouse. Alternatively, the former spouse could even face criminal prosecution for their failure to pay. If you are concerned about missing one or multiple alimony payments, our firm can discuss your legal options.
Contact Our Experienced Baltimore Alimony Lawyers Today for Questions About Spousal Support
If you or a family member need help to resolve alimony issues during a divorce, you should contact an experienced Baltimore alimony attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice is here to handle your alimony case and other related issues that may arise during your divorce. We know this is a difficult time for your family and would like to extend our services to resolve your divorce as soon as possible. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss the details of your case with a Maryland family lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291. Our online submission form can also be used to schedule your free consultation.