If you and your spouse are divorcing, will one of you suffer a decrease in your standard of living? If so, spousal support (a.k.a. alimony) could be the solution. A spousal support and alimony lawyer with our firm at Jimeno & Gray can help you and your spouse come to an agreement in mediation or present an argument for spousal support during your divorce proceedings in court.
Whether you’re a spouse seeking alimony during a divorce or a paying spouse who needs to petition the court for an alteration to your alimony agreement, we can help. Contact us at Jimeno & Gray, your family law firm in Glen Burnie, MD.
How Does Spousal Support Work in Maryland?
Depending on the spousal support awarded, a judge may grant alimony to a lower-earning spouse temporarily or indefinitely. In most cases, alimony helps the lower-earning spouse maintain their standard of living as they acclimate to single life without a second income to support their household.
Some divorcing couples also have children, and one ex-spouse may have to pay the other both alimony and child support. Courts award child support to compensate for discrepancies in the cost of raising a child between the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent. Child support is solely for the benefit of the child and not the receiving parent.
As of 2019, the paying spouse may no longer write off alimony payments, and the recipient spouse no longer has to report payments as income. The exception comes if you and your spouse agree to a lump sum alimony payment. The recipient spouse may need to pay taxes on a lump sum payment. Contact a spousal support and alimony lawyer with our firm to learn more.
Types of Spousal Support
There are three types of alimony in Maryland, each with a different purpose. Your spousal support and alimony lawyer can help you seek the best fit for alimony for you as either the paying spouse or the recipient spouse. The three types of alimony are:
- Temporary alimony, to support a spouse during the separation and divorce proceedings. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can outline terms for temporary alimony in your separation agreement while you wait to be able to divorce by mutual consent or after 12 months of separation.
- Rehabilitative alimony, to support a spouse during educational training or while job hunting to secure a higher-paying career opportunity. Some spouses give up a career or furthering their education to stay home and care for children, leaving them with gaps in their resumes and diminished work skills.
- Indefinite alimony, to support a spouse who may never become self-supporting or whose living standards would fall by an unconscionable degree with temporary or rehabilitative alimony.
Contact Our Family Law Firm in Glen Burnie, MD
If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are arguing about alimony, contact a spousal support and alimony lawyer with our firm at Jimeno & Gray. Call us at 443-232-9385 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our firm in Glen Burnie, MD.