Spousal Support, also referred to as alimony, can be one of the most complex issues in a divorce, and certainly one that causes concern and anxiety for both spouses. Spousal support, unlike child support, is not governed by statutorily mandated guidelines, but may be awarded at the discretion of the court after consideration of various factors. Accordingly, an award of spousal support and the amount are not as easily ascertainable as child support. At the Arn Family Law we can analyze the specific facts of your case and advise you how those facts will impact your request for spousal support or ability to defend against a spousal support claim.
Pendente Lite Spousal Support is an award of support made during the pendency of a divorce case. The goal of pendente lite spousal support is to maintain the status quo existing prior to the filing of the divorce action. In making a pendente lite spousal support award the court will consider only the financial need of the spouse requesting support and the ability of the other spouse to pay support.
Rehabilitative Support is an award of support providing a spouse with resources for a limited period of time sufficient to allow them to become self-supporting. In making such and award, the court will consider the following factors:
Permanent alimony is disfavored under Maryland Law and may only be awarded where the court finds that: