Alimony Lawyer in Colorado Springs, CO
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If you hope to secure alimony or spousal maintenance in your divorce, it is wise to hire a knowledgeable attorney. If you are facing an unrealistic or unreasonable alimony obligation, you need an experienced family law attorney. The compassionate team at Drexler Law is ready to help.
A Colorado Springs alimony attorney at our firm can help you with requesting an appropriate amount of spousal maintenance for your specific needs. Although the duration of spousal maintenance is also considered by a guideline, the court can deviate and award alimony in a manner the court deems is fair to the parties. The parties can also agree to an amount and timeline for spousal maintenance or alimony.
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Why Do You Need an Alimony Lawyer in Colorado Springs?
Colorado is a "no-fault" state when it comes to divorce, which means that Colorado courts do not consider fault or blame when making decisions about dividing property or awarding alimony. However, Colorado courts will take into account the financial needs of each spouse when making decisions about alimony.
If one spouse has a much higher income than the other, the court may order the higher-earning spouse to pay alimony to the lower-earning spouse. An experienced Colorado Springs alimony lawyer can help you to understand your rights and options when it comes to alimony. A Colorado Springs alimony lawyer can also help you to negotiate a fair and reasonable alimony agreement with your ex-spouse.
Types of Alimony in Colorado
Alimony, or spousal maintenance, requires one spouse to pay the other spouse a certain amount of money for living expenses during or after a divorce. There are three common types of alimony:
- pendente lite maintenance (payment during divorce proceedings),
- short-term spousal maintenance (payment for a set amount of time after divorce proceedings),
- and long-term spousal maintenance (regular and recurring payments after the divorce proceedings).
Who Qualifies for Spousal Maintenance?
Colorado courts typically view spousal support as a rehabilitative aid. This means that most maintenance orders are not permanent. The payments may end when the receiving spouse gets back on his or her feet.
The courts may consider maintenance if you or your spouse:
- Do not have a steady job or earn significantly less income than the other
- Need to obtain training or education for employment
- Are suffering or recovering from an illness
- Are unable to provide for your reasonable needs
- Are a caretaker and this prevents you from seeking employment
- Are elderly and unable to work
How Does the Court Determine Alimony in Colorado?
In Colorado, judges cannot use fault to determine alimony payments. A judge will consider many different factors to determine both the need and ability to pay for spousal support.
These factors include:
- Length of the marriage
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Emotional condition of each spouse
- Age of each spouse
- Future earning capacity of the spouse seeking alimony
- The health of each spouse
- The ability of the higher-earning spouse to pay support
How Does Colorado Calculate Alimony?
Colorado uses a guideline formula to calculate alimony for divorcing couples who earn less than $75,000 in combined annual gross income. The court, considering the guideline formula, will look at both spouses’ earnings and may award the lesser-earning spouse 40% of the higher-earning spouse’s income (after subtracting 50% of the lower-earning spouse’s income, if applicable). As if the application of the spousal maintenance formula was not complicated enough, a court can also take into consideration any pre-existing child support or spousal support payments.
Can Alimony be Modified in Colorado?
After a divorce or legal separation, you can request a modification (or even termination) of alimony if there is a significant and continuous change in your financial circumstances. If the receiving spouse remarries, this normally terminates all maintenance payments. It’s critical to have an experienced family law attorney familiar with alimony laws review your specific court case, alimony agreement, or separation agreement to determine when alimony payments may end. When you near retirement, you should consult with one of our attorneys to plan for a modification or termination of child support, as retirement income can be substantially reduced.
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Why Hire Drexler Law Group for Your Alimony Case?
Let one of our Colorado Springs alimony attorneys vigorously defend your rights in court or in mediation. We understand that divorce is a trying time and do our best to offer all the support and legal counsel you need. With a lawyer who has been named to the Rising Stars® list on our team and an Avvo 10.0 Superb-rated attorney, you can trust in the client-centered service at our firm.
Give us a call at (719) 259-0050 to see if we can help with your case.
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