Are you worried about how to support yourself after divorce? If you live in Maryland, you can request spousal support when you negotiate your divorce agreement.
Review the process for requesting spousal support in Maryland and what to expect.
Factors in alimony determination
When you ask for alimony, the judge handling your case will make a decision based on:
- Your current and projected income and expenses
- Your spouse’s current and projected income and expenses
- The living standard established during the marriage
- Your age and health
- Your spouse’s age and health
Available Maryland alimony options
The state may award spousal support as follows:
- The most common type, rehabilitative alimony, which allows you to pursue education or job training. This is a time-limited form of spousal support that usually ends within 10 years.
- Alimony pendente lite, which lasts only during your separation period. Receiving this type of temporary alimony does not necessarily mean the judge will award spousal support in your final divorce agreement.
- Indefinite alimony, which is rare, may apply only if you cannot work permanently because of advanced age or a mental or physical disability.
You can request spousal support when you file for divorce, answer your spouse’s divorce petition or appear in court. You can also refer to your prenuptial agreement if applicable; you may have already made arrangements for spousal support if you signed a legal document before marriage. Generally, alimony ends if you remarry or if your former spouse dies, but either person can request a change in spousal support if his or her financial circumstances change.