Alimony – Spousal Support
When a party in a Maine divorce requests alimony, the court will review the specific circumstances in deciding whether or not to award temporary and long-term spousal support. Generally, alimony will not be awarded if the marriage lasted less than 10 years. Other factors the court will consider are the income of the parties, their age and the contributions of the parties to maintaining the home. The judge can also set limitations on the support and specific rules regarding future modification. We help you understand all of the considerations and present a strong case for the outcome you seek.
Our lawyers advise clients on the types of alimony that are relevant to their divorce, which may include:
- Temporary alimony — Meant to provide support during divorce proceedings, temporary alimony helps recipient spouses address their financial needs until the case is resolved.
- Rehabilitative alimony — To help a dependent spouse acquire or re-establish the skills they need to become self-reliant, rehabilitative alimony can be granted. This support may end when enough time has passed for the recipient to find a suitable job or complete their education.
- Reimbursement alimony — These payments might be awarded to the spouse who worked, took care of the home or made other contributions while their spouse pursued professional training or career development.
- Permanent alimony — Permanent alimony may be given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who is unable for another reason to earn enough income to maintain their standard of living. It is more likely to exist at the end of a long marriage where one party didn't work outside the home. Despite the name, these orders are frequently modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.
Our attorneys at PallaSinclair Law Offices will work with you to determine what type(s) of alimony might be granted in your situation. From there, we'll advocate on your behalf to secure the best result possible.
Contact our experienced Maine family law attorneys for alimony assistance
At PallaSinclair Law Offices, our attorneys are dedicated to working toward a favorable alimony result for the clients we represent throughout Maine. Call us at 207-560-3029 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a family law attorney at our Westbrook office.