One of the most controversial issues during a divorce can be maintenance (also referred to as spousal support or alimony). The court has the discretion to award spousal support to a spouse, when they believe it is necessary. The court considers a number of factors when making this determination, including the lifestyle of the parties during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the income and earning potential of each individual spouse, and the division of property between the spouses.
The attorneys at GEM Family Law are here to make sure that your needs, either as a potential payor of spousal support, or a payee of spousal support, are not overlooked. We continue to educate ourselves and our staff of the quickly developing conversation and ideas regarding this particular issue and the implications of the new tax reform laws, and we intend to remain at the forefront of that conversation. We will work with you to make sure that the realities of your financial situation are considered either in the process of reaching a settlement or by the court, should your case go to trial.