When a relationship reaches its conclusion, and divorce becomes the next chapter, understanding the intricacies of spousal maintenance (often known as alimony) is crucial. At Johnson/Turner, we’re committed to guiding you through this often complex and emotional aspect of divorce, ensuring you’re empowered with knowledge and support.
Understanding Spousal Maintenance
Spousal maintenance isn’t a given in every divorce. It’s intended to provide financial support to a spouse who may not be as financially stable post-divorce. This support aims to maintain a standard of living similar to that during the marriage, at least until the recipient can become self-sufficient.
Calculating Spousal Maintenance
Each case is unique, and so is the calculation of spousal maintenance. Several factors come into play, such as:
- Duration of the Marriage: Longer marriages may result in longer maintenance periods.
- Financial Resources: The court looks at both spouses’ earning capacity, employment history, and financial needs.
- Age and Health: These factors can affect a spouse’s ability to gain employment and self-sufficiency.
- Contribution to the Marriage: This includes homemaking, child care, and supporting a partner’s career.
Negotiating Spousal Maintenance
Negotiation is key. At Johnson/Turner, we advocate for an approach that respects both parties’ needs and contributions, aiming for a fair resolution. Here’s how we approach it:
- Open Communication: Understanding both parties’ perspectives and financial standings is crucial for fair negotiations.
- Creative Solutions: Sometimes, lump-sum payments or property transfers can be alternatives to monthly maintenance payments.
- Legal Expertise: Our team’s knowledge ensures that your rights and needs are well-represented.
Remember, spousal maintenance is about fairness and transition, not punishment or reward. Our team at Johnson/Turner is dedicated to navigating these waters with you, offering transparent, compassionate legal service tailored to your unique situation.
Embarking on your divorce journey and need guidance on spousal maintenance? Contact Johnson/Turner today – we’re here to ensure your path to the future is navigated with empathy, expertise, and your best interests at heart.