When you go through a divorce, times are difficult for both parties involved. Financial discussions are very common in divorce cases, which often results in claims for alimony in Carroll County. If you’re considering or in the process of divorce and are concerned about supporting yourself post-separation, the divorce and family lawyers at Albers & Associates can help.
What are the Different Types of Alimony?
There are 3 kinds of alimony that can be awarded in Carroll County, Maryland:
- Indefinite Alimony: Alimony is rarely awarded for an indefinite amount of time, but when it is, it is because one of the following criteria have been met:
- An illness, disability, or age is keeping you from being able to make reasonable progress towards supporting yourself financially.
- You are capable of making reasonable progress, but your ex-partner’s standard of living is “unconscionably disparate” from yours.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: The most commonly awarded type, rehabilitative alimony is that which is awarded for a limited period of time until a specific goal is met. For example, a Carroll County court might award alimony to a party only until said party completes a degree program that will enable them to be in a better position to gain sufficient employment and support themselves.
- Temporary Alimony: Also referred to as Alimony Pendente Lite, this is where payments are awarded pending litigation, or until the divorce has been finalized and either rehabilitative, indefinite, or no alimony has been legally awarded as a result of the divorce.
What are my Chances of Being Awarded Alimony?
The type of alimony you claim, and whether or not you are successful in being awarded it, depends on many factors. Maryland courts will consider the following, and more, with regard to you and your ex-partner:
- Employment Status
- Length of Marriage
- Grounds for Divorce
- Ability to Self-Support
- Mental or Physical Impairments
- Existing Financial Obligations
- Needs of Children Involved
- Qualification for Retirement Benefits
Your chances of being awarded alimony are higher if you work with an expert Carroll County divorce lawyer who can help you in proving that: you are unable to support yourself due to illness or injury, you are the primary caregiver for children of the marriage or are unemployed in order to care for your children at home, or your income is exceedingly lower than the income of your spouse.
Can Alimony be Terminated?
Unless an agreement has been legally made that establishes the termination of payments, whether temporarily or indefinitely, alimony will only cease upon:
a) The death of either party.
b) The recipient’s remarriage.
The court’s findings that termination is necessary to ensure fairness.
Need Legal Advice on Alimony in Carroll County, MD?
At Albers & Associates, our professional attorneys have the divorce law knowledge and expertise to help you with the legal issues surrounding your separation from your spouse or the dissolution of your marriage. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.