Alimony and Temporary Spousal Support
Whether you are considering divorce or have already begun the divorce process, you know that your financial circumstances will change once the divorce is finalized. Whether you are the sole breadwinner, a stay-at-home mom, or you and your spouse both work, it is important to understand the implications of a divorce, including potential obligations for alimony or spousal support. At Earl & Earl, our attorneys are committed to helping clients understand and protect their financial interests.
What is spousal support?
Spousal support refers to the financial support provided to a spouse during a legal separation. If you are a dependent spouse, you may be able to collect spousal support until your divorce is finalized. If you are the breadwinner, you may need to take action to prevent unrealistic support obligations.
What is alimony?
Alimony is determined in a final divorce decree. Alimony can be decided by a court, in negotiations, or in a post nuptial or marital settlement agreement. Alimony calculations are usually based on a variety of factors, including the earning capacity of the parties, expectations of inheritance, standard of living, length of marriage, and the age and health of the parties, as well as a number of other issues.
What is Alimony Pendent Lite (APL)?
This is a form of spousal support that one party can receive after the filing of the divorce complaint and prior to the issuance of a final divorce decree by the court. It is awarded when there is a variance in earning capacities. It serves to put both parties on an equal playing field regarding divorce litigation. Fault has no bearing on the issuance of this form of support.
Can I get a modification of alimony?
If you have undergone a change in circumstances such as an injury or job loss, you may be able to seek a modification to increase payments of alimony or to decrease your obligations. Our legal team has experience in modification cases and will provide you with the information you need to pursue an adjustment or oppose support modification. We will also prepare the documentation and provide the advocacy you need to get results in court.
For more information or to discuss the details of your case with an experienced family lawyer, please call our offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at 719-900-2500 or fill out our contact form.
Alimony Law In Colorado
In determining spousal support, Colorado family law courts will look into a variety of factors pertaining to the marriage and the separating couple. At the Law Offices of Earl & Earl., we understand that families can sometimes feel frustrated and confused about spousal support cases. We stand ready to ensure that you receive a favorable outcome for your situation. Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, is a court-ordered mandate that requires one spouse to provide financial assistance to another spouse after the finalization of a divorce decree. When you work with our firm we will ensure that you receive a fair ruling and that your rights and future are protected.
Spousal support payments may vary depending on the length of the marriage, the income of the marriage and in some situations, the grounds for divorce under which your marriage was dissolved. The length of time that the support will be paid and the total amount of the alimony itself will vary from situation to situation. No two divorces or alimony awards are ever the same.
Divorce courts will look into some of the following conditions to help determine the overall cost and payment of spousal support:
- Income of each spouse
- Length of marriage
- Education level of each spouse
- Each spouses' potential to obtain work
- Expenses related to raising children
- Distribution of property
- Living conditions prior to separation
- Age of both spouses
- Health of both spouses
These specific factors play a large role in the overall determination of spousal support payments. Colorado Springs family law courts have the discretion to take into consideration a variety of different calculations that can play a part in the final say of your alimony, which is why it is important that you work with an attorney as soon as possible. A divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Earl & Earl. can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
DO NOT FACE THE COURT SYSTEMS ALONE! HIRE A QUALIFIED COLORADO SPRINGS DIVORCE ATTORNEY.
When you retain the representation of a Colorado Springs spousal support attorney from our firm, you can be assured that your case is in good hands. We have an in-depth understanding of the various Colorado laws as they pertain to alimony cases and we may be able to help you reach a favorable resolution. As a result of our divorce cases filed each year, we are well-known in the Colorado court system. It is important that if you are facing any complication with your spousal support that you immediately contact a Colorado Springs divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Earl & Earl.