Spousal maintenance is another way to say alimony. Alimony is a type of support paid to one spouse following the end of a marriage.
Spousal maintenance is important. Why? It's how one spouse makes sure they have enough money to support themselves after the end of their marriage. That spouse may have stayed at home to parent their children or put their career on the back burner while their spouse advanced theirs.
What can spousal maintenance help with?
Spousal maintenance helps with anything you want it to help with. When you receive it, it's usually a single monthly payment or a lump sum at the end of the divorce. You can use that money to support yourself, to save, to buy a new home or whatever else you'd like to do with it.
The purpose of spousal maintenance is to make sure your quality of life and standard of living change as little as possible. The goal is to make things fairer for you, especially if you're the spouse who earns less.
Will I receive alimony?
There are a few factors that will be considered before you'll know if you can receive alimony. Some of them include:
- Your age and how old your spouse is
- Both of your incomes
- Your ability to find work that can support and sustain you
- Your health
- Your spouse's health
There are many others as well. If you need help determining if you will qualify for spousal support, you can bring it up with your attorney. Many people who go through divorce need it, at least for a short time.