When Is Alimony/Spousal Support Paid?
Alimony or spousal support is not an issue in every divorce, but it is a crucial issue for some. When one spouse has steady income and the other does not, or there is a significant disparity in the incomes of the parties, the two sides must either come to an agreement or have the court make that decision for them. At Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC, we assist clients in arriving at a decision that advances their best interests.
Under Maryland’s equal rights amendment, either spouse may be asked to pay alimony, up until the divorce as well as afterward. There are three kinds of alimony/spousal support in Maryland:
- Alimony pendente lite: This is an award of support for the period between filing for divorce until the issuance of the divorce decree.
- Indefinite alimony: This is a type of support awarded at the time of the divorce for an unspecified length of time. It is typically granted when the recipient is unable to support himself or herself because of age, disease or disability, or if the court finds an unconscionable disparity in the incomes and lifestyles of the parties.
- Rehabilitative alimony: This is the most common form of alimony payment. It is awarded for a finite period, and its purpose is to give the recipient a sufficient amount of time to obtain or restore the necessary skills or education to become self-supporting.
The attorneys at Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC, in Bowie, Maryland, have successfully resolved many alimony/spousal support issues in divorce cases across the state of Maryland. Alimony/spousal support is a complex process that can’t be explained in a single page. We invite you to call our firm and describe your situation in detail. Chances are good that we can help put this problem to rest.