Divorce Attorney in Maryland: Divorce & Alimony

As a divorce attorney in Maryland, the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein has extensive experience in assisting our clients with Maryland divorce, alimony payments, and related issues.

It’s also important to understand the basis of how alimony is determined.

In Maryland, the court has discretion whether or not to award a party alimony. While there is no specific formula for determining alimony, the court will consider numerous factors, including but not limited to the following:

(1) the ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partly self-supporting;

(2) the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment;

(3) the standard of living that the parties established during their marriage;

(4) the duration of the marriage;

(5) the contributions, monetary and non-monetary, of each party to the well-being of the family;

(6) the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties;

(7) the age of each party;

(8) the physical and mental condition of each party;

(9) the ability of the party from whom alimony is sought to meet that party’s needs while meeting the needs of the party seeking alimony;

(10) any agreement between the parties;

(11) the financial needs and financial resources of each party, including:

(i) all income and assets, including property that does not produce income;

(ii) any award made under §§ 8-205 and 8-208 of this article;

(iii) the nature and amount of the financial obligations of each party; and

(iv) the right of each party to receive retirement benefits; and

(12) whether the award would cause a spouse who is a resident of a related institution as defined in § 19-301 of the Health – General Article and from whom alimony is sought to become eligible for medical assistance earlier than would otherwise occur.

Additionally, it’s important to clarify that with a Maryland divorce, alimony can be rehabilitative – for a set term of months or years to allow the party receiving alimony to become self supportive, or indefinite – which is for an indefinite period.

In order to fully understand whether you qualify for alimony, you should contact a divorce attorney in Maryland.

The Court may also award pendente lite alimony, whereby a party is awarded alimony on a temporary basis to support himself or herself during divorce proceedings.

As a Bethesda divorce lawyer serving clients throughout Montgomery County and the state of Maryland, the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein has extensive experience with Maryland divorce & alimony, as well as successfully defending against alimony claims.

Call the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer. Rockville, MD, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and all of Montgomery County and the rest of the state of Maryland can reach our offices directly at 240.395.1418 for a free consultation.