No part of divorce produces as much trepidation as the alimony award. One party worries that the payments won’t be enough, while the other fears they will be too high. Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, can last for years, which only raises the stakes further. At Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C., we have been handling divorces since 1977. We know how to negotiate — or, if need be, litigate — a reasonable alimony award.
Alimony is not automatic. It often isn’t awarded in marriages that had a very short duration. The longer the marriage, the longer the alimony award is likely to be. For long-term marriages, it can last until the death or remarriage of the recipient depending upon many other factors.
“Permanent maintenance” refers to an alimony award that takes effect when the divorce becomes final. It does not necessarily involve endless payments. Alimony that is paid during the divorce proceeding is known as “temporary maintenance.” Although the court can award alimony for as long as it believes is equitable, alimony tends to have a time limit in most cases. When determining the duration and amount of alimony, the court considers such factors as:
At Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C., we help clients who are likely to be paying alimony as well as those who want to receive it.
The parties can waive alimony, which generally can be done through a separation agreement. These agreements are generally enforceable, unless the court feels that the arrangement is so unfair that it is unconscionable.
Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. is a family law firm that can help you, regardless of whether you will be paying or receiving alimony. Set up an appointment today by calling 720-588-9384 or contact us by email . Initial consultations are free and our hours are flexible.