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Spousal maintenance refers to what many people think of as alimony – support that one spouse pays the other spouse (who has the financial need) during the divorce process and/or post-divorce. While spousal maintenance is not a factor in every divorce, it does play an important financial role in some cases. If you have concerns related to spousal maintenance, contact our knowledgeable Aurora divorce attorneys with extensive experience in spousal maintenance today.

Colorado Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is a payment made by a higher-earning spouse to a spouse with lower or no earnings – during and/or after the divorce process. While no one under Colorado law is automatically entitled to such support, the court takes the specifics of each divorce into consideration in making this important determination (unless a couple agrees to such maintenance on their own terms).

Categories of Support

Colorado recognizes several categories of spousal maintenance, including:

  • Temporary – Temporary support refers to support paid during the pendency of the divorce.
  • Rehabilitative – Rehabilitative support is the most common type of support awarded in the State of Colorado, and it refers to the higher-earning spouse providing financial assistance to the lower-earning spouse while he or she acquires the skills or education needed to become self-supporting.
  • Reimbursement – Reimbursement refers to support paid to reimburse a spouse who supported the other while he or she obtained the education and/or experience necessary to become the higher earner over the course of the marriage. Because only the recipient of that education is able to reap the rewards post-divorce, the courts sometimes remedy this via reimbursement support.
  • Permanent – Permanent support refers to spousal maintenance that has no end-date, and it is not at all common. Such support is reserved for those divorce cases in which the recipient of spousal maintenance is unable – for a specific reason – to become financially independent. Reasons can include advanced age, chronic illness, or permanent disability.

Who Receives Spousal Maintenance?

The court’s only concern when it comes to determining who will receive spousal maintenance is that such an award is equitable in light of the given situation. Further, the requesting recipient must be able to demonstrate a financial need, and the other spouse must have the financial ability to pay. The court carefully weighs the circumstances involved in making its determination regarding the type, duration, and amount of spousal maintenance in every given case.

Seek the Legal Counsel of our Experienced Aurora Colorado Spousal Maintenance Attorneys Today

While spousal maintenance isn’t always a factor in divorce, it is an important financial tool in some. At CNL Law Firm, PLLC, our dedicated Aurora spousal maintenance attorneys have extensive experience helping clients like you obtain the spousal maintenance to which they are entitled and that they need to continue moving forward post-divorce. Our legal team is here for you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (720) 370-2171 for more information today.

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