Protecting Your Interests In Alimony Disputes
When a marriage ends in divorce in Missouri, one spouse may be entitled to receive financial assistance from the other. Such assistance is called spousal maintenance or spousal support, although the term alimony is more widely used.
If you are facing divorce in Liberty or anywhere in Clay County or the surrounding area, it is important to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in alimony issues. With more than 20 years of experience, I can protect your financial future whether you are seeking alimony or your spouse is seeking it from you. Call 816-781-4403 to schedule a consultation.
How Is Alimony Determined?
Spousal maintenance awards are becoming less common as today most spouses have similar earning power. When there is a significant disparity in income, however, a court may deem it appropriate for one spouse to pay the other alimony. In many cases, this arrangement will last just a few years, until the receiving spouse becomes financially independent. If the couple was married for a long time and only one worked outside of the home, the duration of maintenance may last much longer. In some cases, alimony is only awarded for the duration of the divorce.
Factors that determine the amount and duration of alimony include:
- The financial resources and earning capacity of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
- The age and health of each spouse
I have extensive experience handling alimony disputes and can help you understand what is a fair and reasonable outcome under Missouri law. I will take the time to get to know you, your family, your financial situation and other factors, so that I can craft a legal plan that is truly aligned with your best interests.