Baltimore County Lawyer Discusses Alimony In Shorter Marriages.
Baltimore Alimony Lawyer's Professional Experience and Observations
There are always exceptions, but based on my knowledge and experience I consider alimony difficult to obtain in shorter marriages. Many blame the challenge in obtaining alimony in shorter marriages to a vague "national trend." I think the reason is simpler and closer to home: Judges apply the factors articulated in MD Family Law Article §11-106(b) to decide whether to award alimony and those factors weight against alimony candidates who are younger people in shorter marriages. Consider:
|HOW §11-106(b) FACTORS MAKE OBTAINING ALIMONY HARDER FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE IN SHORTER MARRIAGES|
|Factor that §11-106(b) tells the judge to apply when deciding alimony.||Why This Factor Does Not Help Younger People Ending Shorter Marriages|
|(1) Can the alimony candidate wholly/partially support him/herself.||
|(2) How quickly can the alimony candidate get through school and make more money?||
|(3) The standard of living that the parties established during their marriage;||
|(4) The DURATION of the marriage||
|(5) the contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party to the well-being of the family;||
|(6) the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties;||
|(7) the age of each party;||
|(8) the physical and mental condition of each party.||
Other Components of Alimony Evaluation
Currently under the law, there is no set length of time for which alimony may last -- courts can order spousal support for a fixed amount of time or for an indefinite amount of time. Indefinite alimony can be granted in cases in which the individual seeking support cannot reasonably be expected to become self-supporting due to his or her age, illness or disability.
Alternatively, even if the individual seeking support does make substantial progress toward becoming self-supporting, an indefinite award can still be granted if the parting individuals’ standards of living will be “unconscionably” different.
Whether an award specifies a length of time or an indefinite amount of time, alimony can always be changed as necessary in the interest of justice (based on the circumstances).
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