When two people go through the process of divorce, a significant change happens in both of their lives. They will have to go through the procedures of dividing their property and setting up child custody agreements. Finally, they may need to establish whether spousal support needs to be addressed.
Not all people going through a divorce will need to deal with spousal support. However, in marriages where one spouse was the primary wage-earner and the other spouse provided non-economic support, e.g., caring for the children or housekeeping, the judge will likely determine that spousal support after a divorce is fair and necessary.
What factors do judges take into account when calculating an alimony order?
When child support orders are calculated, the process is usually very simple and based heavily on the spouses' incomes. However, when it comes to alimony, judges have very broad discretion regarding what they believe is fair. They will consider the length of the marriage as well as the ages of both divorcing spouses, the current earning potential of the spouse who seeks alimony and any savings that either spouse has. Alimony is usually ordered for a specified amount of time.
In order to receive alimony, you should put forward a compelling case that shows the courts that you are in need of financial support after the end of your marriage. Showing the ways that you supported the marriage aside from economics will likely be a convincing argument.
If you are going through a divorce in Colorado and want to understand alimony better, it is important to conduct thorough research.
Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed June 15, 2018