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Maryland divorce: Alimony concerns

There are many Maryland residents going through divorces who are eligible to receive alimony -- also known as spousal support or maintenance -- as part of their settlements. Alimony laws can be confusing, though. This column will work to address common concerns about spousal support in a divorce proceeding.

Is alimony granted in every divorce case? The short answer to this question is, no. Going into further detail, there are specific factors that must be considered before a court will make an alimony order. These include the length of the marriage, the ages of both spouses, the marital standard of living and the receiving spouse's education and career opportunities -- both past and present.

In Maryland, spousal support may be awarded on a temporary basis or for a lifetime. Short-term support can be supplied before divorce proceedings are finalized and for a set time after the process is complete. This is usually granted to give the receiving spouse financial means to support him or herself until he or she can become self-sufficient. A lifetime order, which is usually only considered for older spouses, may be obtained if the necessary requirements for it have been met. One's legal counsel can provide further detail about this topic.

Post-divorce finances can be challenging to navigate. Regardless of whether an alimony is a short or long-term thing, it can be a life-saver to the recipient. Those in Maryland who believe they qualify for spousal support can address the issue with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer will work to secure this and any other benefits for which a client may be entitled to receive in one's divorce settlement.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics", Accessed on Nov. 22, 2016

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