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The Law Governing Alimony and Spousal Support Under Maryland Domestic Relations Law.
Alimony is spousal support for men or women who have filed for Divorce. Alimony is paid from the primary wage earner to the financially dependent spouse based on the needs of the dependent spouse and the earning ability of the paying spouse. Maryland primarily has three forms of alimony: temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony and indefinite alimony. Indefinite alimony is rare and usually requires a long marriage and a significant disparity in earnings. Claims for alimony ultimately depend upon the outcome of the divorce case. If an action for divorce is dismissed for any reason, the claim for alimony is also defeated.
The Amar S. Weisman Approach to Alimony Matters In Baltimore County.
Alimony is about numbers--income, earning potential, and financial patte4rns new and old. Presenting precise numbers to the Court is essential and will require a discovery strategy enabling your Towson family lawyer to acquire lots of financial information during a short period of time. Getting alimony and defending against an alimony claim require more than tax returns and pay stubs; your attorney must make sure the court understands how money was, is, and will be allocated in your family past, present and future. The following are but starting points:
- Patterns of transferring money from the primary wage earner to the dependent spouse prior to separation and other evidence of the status quo that prevailed during the marriage.
- Statements from lenders including banks and credit unions.
- Monthly and annual credit credit card statements evidencing the allotment of money within the household before and after the separation.
- Evidence of ongoing and/or necessary expenditures including receipts from retail merchants, service providers, and estimates for predicted expenses that will for both spouses. This category of evidence would include recurring dental, medical, utility and telephone bills.
- Evidence of indebtedness especially recent indebtedness that shows either or both spouses are borrowing money to make ends meet during the period of separation.
- If one spouse is employed by a close corporation or family business, getting to the truth may require taking depositions of other corporate officers and family members to fully determine whether income figures are real. If a spouse who is employed by a family business has a sudden decline in income without losing his or her spending power, the red flags go up. If you are part of a close corporation or family business,your only good option is to be forthcoming because. Any strategy that centers around fooling the Court is a bad strategy.
What Are the different types of alimony available under the Maryland Family Law Article?
There are three types of alimony available under Maryland Law:
Long-Form Financial Statements Based on Real Numbers That Reveal the Truth About Your Financial Needs and Your Ability to Meet Those Needs.
Alimony and spousal support are ultimately all about numbers. Those numbers are communicated to the Court using the Long Form Financial Statement. If you are prosecuting or defending an alimony claim, then you can expect to submit a long form financial statement and for your numbers to be scrutinized by Amar S. Weisman and the opposing counsel alike. In order to maximize precision, this law firm generally requests that you bring in credit card statements, bills, and receipts to ensure each category on the financial statement correctly reflects spending. In certain instances, where a spouse is unable to maintain the standard of living that prevailed prior to separation, it may be useful to fill two financial statements including a financial statement that reflects the spending that prevailed prior to separation. On the other hand, the Court usually pays attention to whether expenditures are sensible so that the spouses are living within their means. Although Judges have a great deal of discretion when determining alimony, the Circuit Court for Baltimore County will not Order alimony payments to perpetuate a fundamentally unsustainable lifestyle.
Modification Of Alimony.
The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman works with clients seeking to increase, decrease and/or terminate alimony obligations. Generally, the modification of alimony is based on a change in financial circumstances or the remarriage of the alimony recipient. In alimony modification matters, the Towson family lawyer's task is to gather and present evidence concerning the change in financial circumstances. This evidence may include bank records, tax returns, and business ledgers. Given the fact that alimony can often be modified, this Towson law firm sometimes advises clients to obtain an agreement stipulating that alimony may NOT be modified.
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