${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Phone: 303-731-6227
Toll Free: 866-604-2791

Spousal maintenance is subject to detailed guidelines

Like other states, Colorado allows its judges who are hearing family law matters to award spousal maintenance, which commonly gets referred to as alimony, to one of the spouses who are getting divorced or permanently separated.

However, Colorado law is relatively unique among the states in that it sets out detailed guidelines as to how much spousal maintenance a court can award and for how long.

Basically, courts have the authority to award spousal maintenance in order to make sure that both spouses can leave a marriage, whether through a divorce, a legal separation or annulment, with adequate financial security and support relative to the other spouse.

As such, a court will consider how much income each spouse will be able to make on his or her own as well as who is receiving what with respect to marital property. The court may also consider whether either spouse will have other sources of income and if either spouse has any sort of special financial need.

Assuming that an award of spousal maintenance is appropriate, the judge will then order an amount consistent with Colorado's guidelines. This amount is based on the adjusted gross income of both spouses.

In Colorado, alimony is typically not awarded indefinitely. Instead, depending on the length of the marriage, the court will award maintenance for up to half the duration of a couple's marriage.

By way of example, a spouse that was married for three years, or 36 months, may under the guidelines receive 11 months of maintenance. A spouse married for at least 150 months, that is, 12.5 years, will receive maintenance for half the duration of the marriage, which, at a minimum, is 75 months.

Colorado's maintenance statutes are detailed. Moreover, a spouse who wishes to receive maintenance, or avoid paying it, will need to present appropriate evidence to the court. A person in the Denver area with issues related to spousal maintenance may wish to speak to an experienced family law attorney.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Contact us now to set up a case evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Brand Footer

Centennial Office
6898 South University Blvd., Suite 110
Centennial, CO 80122

Toll Free: 866-604-2791
Phone: 303-731-6227
Fax: 303-648-5874
Centennial Law Office Map

Denver Office
44 Cook St.
#100
Denver, CO 80206

Toll Free: 866-604-2791
Phone: 303-731-6227
Map & Directions

Boulder Office
4450 Arapahoe Ave.
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80303

Toll Free: 866-604-2791
Phone: 303-731-6227
Map & Directions

Toll Free: 866-604-2791
Phone: 303-731-6227
Fax: 303-648-5874