Q&A: What’s spousal maintenance, and how is it determined in Colorado? Colorado Family Law Attorney Marlana Caruso Answers

What’s spousal maintenance, and how is it determined in Colorado?

Spousal maintenance is a term that more people are familiar with -alimony. It’s the same thing. Colorado just doesn’t use that term of art. So what it is, it’s meant to be an additional support for the receiving party to hit the ground running, so to speak. It’s determined in Colorado by a need versus ability to pay. We do have guidelines in place that take into consideration the incomes of both parties, as well as the length of the marriage, in determining what may be appropriate as an award. That maintenance guideline is just that. It’s a guideline, so it’s not something that is set in stone or that has to happen, but it absolutely is the starting place for every single court.

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