Understanding the Ins and Outs of Colorado Alimony Guidelines

While some Colorado family law processes like child support calculations are fairly standardized, others are largely determined on a case-by-case basis. Spousal maintenance, for example, is one area of family law that depends largely on the considerations of each individual judge. We here at Frost & Beck, P.C., understand that no two divorce cases are the same and that your financial security can depend largely on whether and how spousal maintenance is awarded in your case. That is why we are committed to advocating on behalf of our clients to ensure that alimony judgments are always reasonable and fair.

According to LegalZoom.com, the state of Colorado implements very few set guidelines when it comes to determining whether or not spousal maintenance is appropriate in any case. It is largely up to the presiding judge to decide the type and amount of alimony that is appropriate. In many instances, temporary alimony is awarded and lasts during the divorce process up until the point that you or your ex-spouse is financially independent. An established formula is used to determine temporary alimony judgments.

Unlike temporary alimony, permanent alimony provides for post-divorce maintenance. However, it is very rarely awarded on an indefinite basis. More often, permanent alimony is awarded for an amount of time that allows for you as the recipient spouse to become financially self-sufficient. Some of the factors that a Colorado judge may take into consideration when awarding permanent alimony include the length of your marriage, your financial ability to pay alimony, and/or your age and health.

Given that alimony judgments can depend upon so many variables, your case may involve a number of unique considerations. Learn more about how spousal support and other divorce processes are conducted in the state of Colorado by visiting our web page today.

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