The law establishes spousal maintenance to support one spouse with payments from the other spouse. The court often orders maintenance under three main circumstances.
The court considers various factors in determining whether to award maintenance, including:
Several of the factors are subjective. The standard of living established in a marriage, or reasonable financial needs, depends on the facts of each case. Also, whether a spouse can support themselves through appropriate employment depends on the specific circumstances. The judge has the flexibility to decide the outcome based on the facts presented.
An experienced family law attorney can help achieve a positive outcome. We work with our clients to successfully navigate the legal requirements and present the facts of the case compellingly. We establish the parties’ expectations and intentions during the marriage, which the court uses as a consideration for subjective issues.
The court may consider the following when deciding whether to award spousal maintenance: