Alimony Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland
When a couple gets divorced, there is a good chance that alimony will be a factor to address. Alimony is often the most contentious issue in a divorce. Parties often disagree with what the other deserves and differ in opinions regarding the other’s contribution to the marriage and family. When a couple cannot come together to address this marital issue, it may be up to the court to decide. In general, the dependent spouse will have some degree of entitlement to alimony. How much and for how long are questions to be answered. If you are getting a divorce and alimony is an issue to be addressed, our firm is ready to help. For decades, Decker, Tychostup & Friedman has provided quality legal representation to clients facing all family law matters. We recognize that divorce may be the most significant and emotional legal matter our clients will face. With a compassionate hand, we will zealously represent your needs, protecting your rights and your future. For a consultation with an experienced Baltimore alimony attorney, contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman.
Pendente lite alimony
During the divorce case, the dependent party may have the right to be supported. This temporary support answers years of injustice in which spouses faced overwhelming financial odds when they wished to divorce from their money-earning spouse. Now, Maryland, along with many other states, has enacted this support to ensure that a person in need of a divorce can get one without financial worry.
Maryland alimony laws
Maryland alimony laws work to be equitable, meaning that they are fair and just to both parties. In many cases, some form of a rehabilitative support structure will be awarded to the dependent party. The court will take many factors into consideration when determining the amount that should be paid and for how long. These factors include, but are not limited to:
- The duration of the marriage
- The contributions of each party to the family (both monetary and non-monetary)
- The dependent spouse’s ability to support themselves
- The time it would take the dependent spouse to get educational or vocational training to become self-supporting
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The reasons for the divorce
- The age and health of each party
- The ability of the paying spouse to meet his or her needs and the needs of the dependent spouse
- Any existing written agreements
- The needs and resources of each party
- The financial circumstances of the marriage
An award for an indefinite period may be granted under certain situations, including:
- When the health or age of the dependent party makes it impossible to make substantial progress toward becoming self-supporting.
- Even with the most substantial progress, the dependent party will not be able to meet the standard of living established during the marriage.
The termination of alimony is provided under certain circumstances, including death, remarriage of the recipient, and the need to terminate alimony to avoid a harsh and inequitable result.
Contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman
If you are getting divorced, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Alimony can quickly become a heated topic. Our firm recognizes how difficult it is to resolve marital issues and we are dedicated to finding a solution that best suits our client’s needs, even if that means going to court. If you need an experienced legal team to zealously represent your interests, contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman for a consultation.