Under Maryland law, married people are financially responsible for each other and have the duty to financially support each other. Alimony is a court-ordered payment made from one spouse to another following a divorce. However, paying alimony can put a huge financial strain on the person paying.
The best way to avoid paying alimony in Maryland is to sign a prenuptial agreement. This is a document drafted up by the couple before their marriage is made legal. This document includes the full disclosure of each individual’s income and the assets each spouse will bring to the marriage. A similar form called a postnuptial agreement can be created after the marriage has been finalised. It contains the same information as a prenuptial agreement but is completed and made after the marriage has been finalised. However, this may be of no use to a couple who has not already signed this document before considering getting a divorce. Instead, the spouse who will most likely be ordered to pay spousal support can consider other ways to keep the other spouse satisfied without having to pay spousal support. This can be done by offering them a larger share or marital assets or retirement accounts or even offering them the marital home.
Another way for a partner to avoid paying spousal support is to prove that the other partner has been unfaithful. Maryland law still allows an unfaithful partner to ask for spousal support. However, this factor is considered by the court when ordering spousal support to be paid and might result in lower spousal support.
The higher-earning partner is usually ordered to pay spousal support. If that partner does not wish to pay spousal support then they can consider changing up their lifestyle. They can downgrade to a lower paying job, downsizing their income and live lean.
The longer the marriage then the more likely spousal support will be higher. If a partner knows that the marriage isn’t going to last long then they should consider ending it as soon as possible. Stretching it out longer will only result in longer lasting spousal support payments.
The state of Maryland allows the termination of alimony if the recipient begins living with a new partner or significant other. The paying partner should be aware of the other spouse’s relationships so that if this event occurs they can terminate alimony payments.
After a divorce, a partner may wish to remain as at stay at home parent and rely on alimony and child support payments from the other partner. The partner paying for these can request a judge to evaluate the spouse’s ability to work and become self-supporting.
In Maryland, a spouse who wishes to avoid alimony payments may hire a professional forensics accountant to track any assets written in that spouses name. The spouse requesting alimony may not need it to maintain their lifestyle even if they are unemployed. For example, they may have an inheritance or savings account.
It is within the higher earning spouses best interest that in Maryland, a spouse seeking alimony can only make a claim for it before the divorce is finalised. Failure to do so mean the spouse seeking spousal support may not come back after the divorce has been finalised and make an alimony claim.
If you need a Maryland alimony lawyer to help you with your alimony case in Maryland, call us at 888-437-7747. Our Maryland alimony attorneys can help you. C