A pervasive myth about divorce is that alimony (also referred to as spousal support) can set up one partner for life. This is a misconception for many reasons, which we’ll discuss further below. Before we do this, however, we’ll first explain how (and when spousal support) is awarded in divorce.

How & When Spousal Support Is Awarded in Colorado

Is My Ex Going to Get Rich Off of Alimony?

Is My Ex Going to Get Rich Off of Alimony?

When one partner requests spousal support as part of a divorce, there are usually two ways this support can become part of the final divorce decree:

  1. The partners can come to a mutual agreement about the amount of support – When this happens, the courts will usually review and approve the resulting agreement.
  2. The court will get involved and make a determination regarding spousal support when partners cannot come to an agreement about this obligation – In these cases, the court will review a number of different factors when determining whether to grant spousal support and, if so, the amount of this support payment. Some of the factors considered include:
    • The financial resources that the requester has (including resources from the marital property division in divorce)
    • The financial resources and obligations of the other partner
    • The length of the marriage, as well as the standard of living establishing during the marriage
    • The age and health of the requester.

Will Spousal Support Payments Financially Drain Me?

Although paying spousal support may increase the financial stresses you have, this obligation is not meant to make one spouse rich at the expense of the other. Rather, spousal support is intended to financially assist a spouse who cannot necessarily earn a living, who has provided essential support to a working spouse (like by running a household), or who lacks the financial resources to cover his or her basic living expensive.

Here, it’s also important to be aware that:

  • If your income or financial situation drastically changes at any point after you’ve been ordered to pay spousal support, you can return to court and request a modification (or termination) of this obligation.
  • Spousal support obligations usually end when an ex remarries (or according to other terms set forth by the court or a prenup).

Need Help Resolving Spousal Support Issues? Contact a Denver Divorce Attorney at Katherine Grier, P.C.

If you are dealing with spousal support issues in or after divorce – or need experienced help resolving any family legal issue, contact the trusted Denver divorce attorney at Katherine Grier, P.C. Since 1999, our Denver divorce attorney and her dedicated staff have been helping people resolve various family legal issues. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible outcomes to your family legal matters so you can get back to other important (and more enjoyable) aspects of your life.

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