At SIEGELLAW, our firm's lawyers understand the impact that alimony can have on the lives of both ex-spouses after divorce. Setting alimony levels too high or too low can leave ex-spouses in unfair and financially precarious situations. We are skilled family law attorneys, and we understand how to help our clients effectively pursue the best possible resolution to the question of alimony.
Attorney Harry B. Siegel is a leader in the Maryland family law community with more than 20 years of experience. He has conducted statewide seminars on alimony that have helped inform judges and attorneys on the latest developments in Maryland family law.
What Is Alimony?
The awarding of alimony, less commonly referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is one way that the courts work to recognize that not all contributions to a marriage are financial. There are many instances where one spouse may help launch the career or business of the other, may support a spouse through an expensive education needed to engage in a lucrative career, or may have raised a family and managed the household while the other spouse focused on supporting the family financially.
Setting appropriate alimony levels in a divorce is key to ensuring that both households are financially stable. Divorce takes the assets that previously supported one household and uses them to support two households. Alimony helps ensure that a spouse's nonmonetary contributions to the marriage are recognized.
Alimony is becoming more difficult to predict in Maryland, as judges have an incredible amount of latitude and discretion in determining whether to award alimony at all, as well as determining how much alimony to award and for how long. Harry Siegel has decades of experience in evaluating and arguing both for and against alimony depending upon the circumstances of the husband and wife. More importantly, he has led state-wide seminars specifically on the topic of alimony for both judges and attorneys.
If you have questions about what role alimony may play in your divorce, secure the representation of a skilled and experienced attorney who can help you protect your rights and your best interests.
How Alimony Is Determined
Factors that are considered in the determination of alimony include
- Length of the marriage
- Age of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Income and expenses
- Assets and debts
- Employability of the parties
- The reason for the breakup of the marriage
Modifications And Enforcements
The need for alimony and the ability to pay it can change over time. Alimony that may have been appropriate may no longer be. We can ask the court to modify your alimony if it was court-ordered or if there is an agreement allowing for it to be modifiable. Further, if your ex-spouse is not meeting his or her obligations, we can ask the court to enforce payment through the contempt powers of the court.
Contact The Spousal Support Attorneys For Ellicott City And Columbia At SIEGELLAW
When the question of alimony is being answered, you need to take steps to ensure that your rights and your future are well-protected. Turn to the Howard County family law attorneys of SIEGELLAW for counsel and advocacy with the goal of meeting your goals and making your future brighter. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 410-792-2300 or contact us online.