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Rockville Alimony Lawyer Fights for Fair Spousal Support

Helping Maryland clients set a realistic level of spousal support

If you are going through a legal separation or divorce, you undoubtedly are concerned about how the change in marital status will affect your financial future. Whether you expect to receive spousal support or you expect to pay it, the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee in Rockville can assist you.  We have years of experience in helping clients arrive at a level of spousal support, also known as alimony, that is fair, sufficient and realistic.

Types of alimony

In Maryland, there are three types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony — Also known as pendente lite alimony, temporary alimony is available only while your divorce case remains open. Once your divorce becomes final, the amount of spousal support may change or stop altogether, depending on the terms of the divorce order.
  • Rehabilitative alimony — Rehabilitative alimony begins when the divorce becomes final and lasts for a finite period of time. The purpose is to give the spouse who needs support a reasonable time to become financially independent.
  • Indefinite alimony — Indefinite alimony is rarely granted, but there are two notable exceptions:
    • If your age, health or disability status makes you incapable of becoming self-supporting
    • If you have made genuine efforts to become self-supporting, yet the relative standard of living of you and your spouse remains extremely lopsided (usually at least a 3:1 or 4:1 difference in income).

Courts rarely order indefinite spousal support. Most often, rehabilitative alimony is granted. At the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee in Rockville, our alimony attorney can advise you about which type of support, if any, is likely to apply to your situation.

How courts determine the amount of alimony

Courts in Rockville and throughout Maryland consider a number of factors when they decide whether a spouse should receive alimony, and if so, how much. These factors include:

  • Your ability to support yourself
  • Your level of education
  • Your need for additional education or training
  • The standard of living during your marriage
  • Length of your marriage
  • Incomes of both spouses
  • The age and physical and mental health of both spouses

Additional factors may affect the alimony award in your case.  The People’s Law Library of Maryland has developed an estimation resource, but you should, of course, always consult a Maryland family attorney for the most accurate information.  You need an experienced lawyer to negotiate the appropriate level of spousal support, and if negotiation doesn’t work, to argue your position before the court.

Guidance on spousal support from a Rockville family lawyer

To learn more about how the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee can help you with alimony issues, call 240-552-6957 or contact us online today. Conveniently located two blocks from the Rockville Courthouse, our law office serves clients in Montgomery County and throughout Maryland. We also have a satellite office in Bethesda.

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