Divorce Attorney in Maryland: Divorce & Alimony
It is very common for people to search phrases like “how much alimony will I be paid”. However, the actual amount of your alimony payments can not be quickly or easily calculated online. As a trusted and top-rated divorce attorney in Maryland, the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein has extensive experience in assisting our clients with Maryland divorce, alimony payments, and related financial issues.
Alimony can be a very complex point of negotiation in a divorce. Unlike child support, there is no set calculator for Maryland Alimony. As a result, every situation is determined individually. Alimony in Maryland can either be temporary (often having a set end date) and restorative, meaning alimony payments are meant to help someone while they are working towards financial independence. There are also cases where the alimony arrangement is indefinite – which is for an indefinite period. Regardless of your particular situation, having a trusted alimony attorney on your side who has extensive experience working through complex financial issues can make a big difference in your case.
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:
- the ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partly self-supporting;
- the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment;
- the standard of living that the parties established during their marriage;
- the duration of the marriage;
- the contributions, monetary and non-monetary, of each party to the well-being of the family;
- the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties;
- the age of each party;
- the physical and mental condition of each party;
- 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;
- any agreement between the parties;
- the financial needs and financial resources of each party, including:
- all income and assets, including property that does not produce income;
- any award made under §§ 8-205 and 8-208 of this article;
- the nature and amount of the financial obligations of each party; and
- the right of each party to receive retirement benefits; and
- 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.
In order to fully understand whether you qualify for alimony, you should contact a divorce attorney in Maryland. During a free initial consultation, Brandon can review the main elements around your divorce and give you an idea of what his strategy would be to get you the best possible outcome in your divorce. While the financial issues of alimony and child support are certainly critical in any divorce, Brandon also has experience working through complex child custody situations as well.
Common Questions about Alimony
How Can I Support Myself Through the Divorce Process?
For people who are completely financially reliant on their spouse, it can be hard to know how to take the first step. Maryland Family Law Courts allow a spouse to make a request to receive pendente lite alimony, which is a temporary alimony arrangement meant to simply help the non-earning spouse get through the divorce process.
How Long Will I Have to Pay / Receive Alimony? How Long do Alimony Arrangements Last?
Every situation is different. Alimony can be either temporary or indefinite, meaning there is no set end date. Typically alimony is meant to be restorative, or to help get the non-earning spouse on their feet and financially independent. Even if someone has NOT worked for most of their adult life, the general assumption is that most people are able to secure some type of income, so there are relatively few cases where alimony will be awarded indefinitely.
If My Spouse Remarries Will I Still Have to Pay Alimony?
Typically the person receiving alimony getting married will terminate the alimony payments. So if you are receiving alimony and considering getting married it is a good idea to consider this in your financial planning.
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.