How is Maintenance determined in a Louisville divorce case? The determination of Maintenance (sometimes referred to as “alimony”) in divorce cases throughout the Louisville area is quite complex. There are several factors which determine if and when Maintenance is to be awarded, and the amount of support itself. These include but are not limited to:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of each former spouse
- The lifestyle enjoyed by the couple during their marriage
- Giving up a career to raise children and support the household
- Working to support a spouse as they complete education or professional certification
- The likelihood that a spouse can find gainful employment based upon many factors including age, health, experience, and education
Unlike child support which has specific guidelines assigned by the State of Kentucky, Maintenance is often much more nuanced and ultimately support orders are the result of extensive negotiations, mediation or litigation.
With the issue of Maintenance determined in a Louisville divorce case the Judge will often remind the spouse receiving the support that it is not going to last forever. Our local Judges often include an order which establishes a specific time (often 3 to 5 years) for the party receiving support to become financially self-sufficient. Maintenance is usually longer in duration for longer term marriages, and in those cases when one party has left the work force for many years to support the other and to raise a family.
How is Maintenance determined in a Louisville divorce case? The highly experienced Louisville divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd help to structure settlements which accomplish our client’s goals and objectives.
If you are concerned about spousal Maintenance, business or professional practice ownership or any other issue related to a Louisville divorce call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.