Maintenance (sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support) is designed to provide living expenses for a person who is not able to fully support himself or herself, either on a temporary or a permanent basis. Maintenance can be awarded to either party. Some spouses who are dissolving their same-sex marriages are now able to receive spousal support. It is important to note that the law in Colorado pertaining to maintenance changed significantly on January 1, 2014 when specific guidelines were implemented by the Colorado legislature. The new maintenance law applies to cases filed after January 1, 2014. Judges do not have to apply these guidelines to cases filed before January 1, 2014, however, many will apply the same standard.
Helping You Understand Maintenance Guidelines In Colorado
Our attorneys at Littman Family Law have found that the new maintenance guidelines are being used to determine spousal support for our divorce clients in virtually every county in the metro area and throughout Colorado. Almost every judge and magistrate will be reviewing these guidelines when they make their decisions about awarding maintenance. Maintenance paid or received can become a point of contention during a divorce. Our attorneys are here to help you obtain a fair maintenance outcome, and we will work tirelessly to protect your financial interests.
The new maintenance legislation includes a guideline formula for the court to consider when determining the amount and duration of maintenance. Although the new guidelines may impact the allocation of maintenance, there are still many different factors which the court must also consider when awarding spousal support. These factors include:
- The standard of living during the marriage
- Each party's income as well as the ability to produce income
- Each spouse's education
- The property being awarded to each spouse
- Each party's separate property
- The duration of the marriage
Temporary maintenance may be provided while the divorce is in process. We will work diligently to assure that you receive your fair share. If you are the spouse who is obligated to pay maintenance, we will protect your rights so that the law treats you fairly.
Contact Littman Family Law For Guidance
Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can advise you on what role maintenance may play in your case. Whether you are the party seeking maintenance or the party that has exposure to paying maintenance, our skilled attorneys will work to assure that you are treated fairly under the law. Call us at 303-647-5850 or connect with us online today.