Alimony is a court-ordered payment made from one spouse to another following a divorce. It is intended to provide financial support to the spouse who was financially supported during the marriage so that he or she is provided with the correct amount of time to become self-supporting. Spousal support is not based on gender and any party may request spousal support.
Maryland has different types of alimony which are paid for different periods. These include temporary alimony, short-term alimony and long-term alimony. Different alimony’s will be awarded in different cases.
Temporary alimony, also known as alimony pedente lite is paid during the waiting period between the filing of the divorce and the finalisation of the divorce. It is paid to maintain the status quo during the divorce. Getting paid temporary alimony during this period does not necessarily mean the spouse receiving the payments will continue receiving alimony after the divorce is finalised.
Short-term alimony, also known as rehabilitative alimony is the most common type of alimony ordered in Maryland. Rehabilitative support is paid after the divorce for a certain period of time. The purpose of this alimony is to provide sufficient time to the recipient to become self-supporting. One spouse will pay support to the other spouse for the period of time it will take the recipient to get any education or training needed so that they can fully support themselves. For example, the court will order rehabilitative support to be paid for 2 years, which is the time it may take the recipient to go back to school and finish a degree which may enhance their probability of being able to support themselves. The time period of rehabilitative support is not limited to a certain number of years because each case is different. A good range to use as an estimate can be 3-10 years.
Long-term alimony, also known as indefinite alimony is a permanent payment of spousal support. In Maryland, permanent alimony can be awarded by the court or the spouses might have come to this agreement together. It requires one spouse to pay alimony to another spouse for the remainder of his or her life. Permanent alimony is disfavoured in Maryland and is only awarded in certain cases. This includes if the party seeking spousal support cannot reasonably be expected to be self-supporting due to age, physical or mental health or disability. Or if the party seeking alimony, cannot match previous living standards or there is a large and unfair difference between the living standard of each party, even after becoming self-supporting.
Alimony payments may be ended or altered in the future. This may happen if one party petitions the court to modify the existing spousal support agreement. At any time either spouse may request the court to increase, decrease or terminate spousal support. Spousal support automatically terminates in the event of death, the recipient spouse remarries or if the court finds that the termination of spousal support is necessary to avoid a harsh and unfair result.
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