Montgomery County Spousal Support Attorney
The end of a marriage not only brings emotional distress, it may also mean financial hardship for one of the parties in the marriage. If one of the parties had sacrificed their career and work outside of the home to maintain the home, the loss of financial support from their spouse would cause undue hardship.
If you are planning to end your marriage and are afraid of your financial situation after the marriage, you may be entitled to spousal support from your spouse. If you want more information about your rights and entitlements regarding spousal support, you should speak to our spousal support lawyer at Shah & Kishore.
Why You Should Hire Shah & Kishore
Shah & Kishore can give you the legal assistance you need to get the spousal support you may be entitled to.
- Our Principal, Rahul Kishore, has assembled some of the most knowledgeable and experienced family law professionals in the Rockville, Maryland area. Mr. Kishore himself is one of the most accomplished divorce lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland, with years of experience in alimony cases.
- While Attorney Kishore is an experienced and aggressive family law litigator, he will pursue an amicable resolution first and get tough when needed.
- We work hard to resolve cases in a very quick and efficient manner without having our clients pay exorbitant legal fees unnecessarily.
If you are afraid that the end of your marriage will have an impact on your financial ability to take care of yourself, call our Maryland family law attorney today at (301) 315-0001 to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help.
What Is Spousal Support?
Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, is a payment made by one spouse to the financially dependent spouse to enable them transition from an economically dependent life to a self-sustaining life.
In Maryland, the purpose of spousal support is to rehabilitate the economically dependent spouse rather than to provide them a pension. To help them get to a point of financial independence.
Types of Spousal Support
There are three types of spousal support orders in Maryland: pendente lite, rehabilitative, and indefinite.
- Pendente lite – this type of support is temporary, to maintain things as they are while the divorce process is on-going.
- Rehabilitative – this type of support is for a limited time, to help the economically dependent spouse while they take steps to become financially independent.
- Indefinite – this type of support has no fixed termination date.
Courts in Maryland do not readily make indefinite spousal support orders. They will only make an indefinite order in limited circumstances if:
- Due to age, illness, or disability, the party seeking support cannot reasonably be expected to make substantial progress toward financial independence; or
- Even after the party seeking support has made progress toward becoming as financially independent as can reasonably be expected, the difference in the standards of living between the two parties will be unfair.
Factors Considered in Making Spousal Support Orders
Some of the factors that the court will consider in making a spousal support order include:
- The ability of the party seeking alimony to support themselves;
- The duration of the marriage;
- The standard of living that the parties had during their marriage;
- The monetary and non-monetary contributions each party made to the wellbeing of the family;
- The age of the parties; and
- Any prior agreement between the parties regarding alimony.
Get Legal Assistance From a Maryland Spousal Support Lawyer
If your marriage is ending, you should speak to a spousal support lawyer if you think you might need financial support once you are on your own. In Maryland, once your marriage ends, you no longer have a right to ask for spousal support. Any petition for spousal support must be included in the divorce petition. This is why it is very important to speak to an experienced Maryland divorce attorney before you file any papers for divorce.
To get more information about spousal support, call our Maryland spousal support lawyer at (301) 315-0001 or contact us online.