What Types Of Alimony Exist Under Maryland Law?
When seeking alimony in the state of Maryland, it’s important to understand the different types of alimony available. Alimony pendente lite is a temporary support that a spouse can seek while divorce is pending. Rehabilitative alimony is alimony that a spouse pays for a short but specific and terminable time, and which ceases when the supported spouse is reasonably self-supportive. Periodic alimony is alimony that a spouse pays at scheduled intervals, usually monthly payments. Lump sum alimony is where one spouse pays the other a fixed amount according to the court’s judgment. Lump sum alimony, even when divided into installments, must be paid in full — regardless of events such as death or remarriage.
Based on Maryland law, the factors that courts consider regarding spouses when determining alimony include the length of the marriage, the cause for the marriage’s dissolution, the relative ages of the spouses and the physical and mental health of the parties, as well as other factors that include:
- The ability of the parties to be wholly or partly self-supporting
- The ability and amount of time required for the non-earning party to train or educate themselves for employment
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The financial needs and resources of each party, including the amount and sources of income that includes assets, property, financial obligations and retirement benefits
When involved in a divorce and seeking or working out alimony payments, an experienced Rockville alimony lawyer can protect your rights and pursue your best financial interests. The Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee has extensive experience that spans more than 20 years of practicing law in Maryland, with a primary focus on divorce and family law.