Alimony Laws in Maryland

Alimony

After a divorce, one spouse may ask the other for alimony, which is a court-ordered payment given after the dissolution of a marriage. Alimony works differently than child support—while child support is determined by a formula, the decision of how much alimony a husband or wife will have to pay is more subjective. Generally, the spouse with the higher salary will have to pay alimony. Usually, the payment amount is determined by the difference in the salaries and the length of the marriage. If there was a large difference in salaries, and if the couple were married for many years, their alimony payment will generally be higher.

Some other factors that will be considered when determining alimony payments are:

  • The division of properties
  • The health and age of both parties
  • The tax consequences for both the husband and wife
  • The education level of both parties when the marriage started and at the time of divorce
  • The earning capacities of both spouses
  • Pre-marital and post-martial agreements made by both parties

After a court decides to award alimony to one spouse, they will then decide how much alimony the party will receive each month and for how long they will receive the support. Alimony and maintenance are often ordered as a substitute for property division.

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In Maryland, the factors a judge must consider when they’re determining how much alimony to award is written into the Maryland Code. When the judge is awarding alimony, they will use an analysis of this code to help them decide on how much alimony to give and for how long. Generally, judges in Maryland prefer awarding rehabilitative alimony, which is a type of alimony that supports one party for a limited time while they work on becoming self-sufficient. Sometimes, though, the court will award indefinite alimony. To ensure that you’re awarded the alimony payments that work best for you and your spouse, it’s best to discuss your case with a divorce lawyer before entering the court room.

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Choosing a Lawyer for Divorce and Alimony Proceedings

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