Spousal maintenance, also called alimony, is a source of contention in many divorces. When you and your spouse decide to end your marriage, you might wonder if you should ask for spousal maintenance in the settlement.
If you are deciding on spousal maintenance, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
Have you created a budget?
You need a clear picture of your finances before you decide if you need spousal maintenance. Estimate your rent, utilities and any additional costs such as child care and transportation. When you know how much you need to live and what you currently make, it is easier to determine if spousal maintenance is necessary.
Are you seeing anyone?
If you are seeing someone else and the relationship is serious, remember that most states only permit spousal maintenance payments until the receiving spouse remarries. If you have reason to believe that you will remarry soon, skip the alimony request.
Do you need temporary maintenance or a long-term order?
Older adults who spent many years out of the workforce to raise children may need long-term payments, while others who have an established work history may only need temporary support. Consider your work history and income stability as you decide on the necessary duration for your maintenance payments.
Understanding the fundamentals of spousal maintenance payments helps you negotiate your final order. Protect your financial future and stability by requesting short-term or long-term spousal maintenance payments as part of your divorce. The judge will evaluate your financial situation and determine the payment amount.