At Johnson/Turner, we know that marriage is a partnership. Couples work together to build a life, both emotionally and financially, creating a unique standard of living based on their income, assets, and shared dreams. But when a marriage ends, this carefully crafted lifestyle can be one of the most significant aspects impacted during a divorce. Because of this, financial fairness in divorce is important for both parties.
Why Standard of Living Matters in Divorce
During the process of divorce, financial considerations take center stage, especially the standard of living established during the marriage. This is crucial when determining spousal maintenance, a key aspect we guide our clients through at Johnson/Turner.
Spousal maintenance, unlike child support, doesn’t follow a strict formula. Instead, the court evaluates several factors to ensure fairness. These include future earning potential, educational needs to enhance earning abilities, and the role each partner played in the marriage, like being a stay-at-home spouse.
The Goal: Fair Financial Transition
The purpose of spousal maintenance is to help the economically disadvantaged spouse maintain, as reasonably as possible, the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage. This involves a detailed look at the couple’s standard of living before separation, factoring in their everyday expenses and lifestyle choices.
For instance, if high mortgage payments and frequent vacations were the norm, these might be deemed reasonable expenses in spousal maintenance considerations. However, new extravagant expenses post-separation might not be viewed favorably.
The Process: Tailoring to Each Case
Every divorce is unique, and so is the determination of spousal maintenance. Courts weigh the reasonableness of claimed expenses against the couple’s marital standard of living, balancing them with factors like income and earning potential, leading to financial fairness in the divorce.
At Johnson/Turner, we bring empathy and expertise to these discussions. We understand the complexities of spousal maintenance and work tirelessly to evaluate and advocate for your needs, ensuring a fair and equitable financial transition.
Remember, you’re not just navigating legal processes; you’re setting the stage for your next life chapter. Johnson/Turner is here to guide you with compassion, transparency, and a deep understanding of your unique situation. Let’s work together to redefine your future.