One option in a divorce is to agree on the payment of maintenance, which we used to call alimony. Maintenance is requested when one spouse is unable to support himself or herself. Maintenance does not happen in every divorce, and when it is granted it can be on a temporary or ongoing basis. It is entirely up to the judge whether it will be paid, for how long, and in what amount.
The party wishing to receive spousal maintenance must make the case that it is necessary. The party being asked to pay maintenance — called the pecuniary spouse — must make the case whether the amount requested is reasonable. In either case, an experienced, qualified lawyer is necessary.
In maintenance cases, the judge must decide if the requesting party truly lacks property or regular income to provide for his or her reasonable needs, or if being custodian of young children or children with special problems makes employment outside the home unlikely.
At Troy J. Leavitt Law Firm, LLC, in Blue Springs, we work to clearly and persuasively present your side in maintenance cases. Our experience allows us to be incisive and efficient in our presentations.
Alimony is never a given. Older spouses who have not worked are stronger candidates for maintenance than a younger spouse or one with a regular income. Even permanent maintenance comes to an end when the recipient remarries or dies.
Troy Leavitt also handles appeals to maintenance decisions and proposed modifications to court orders.
When you need to resolve difficult maintenance problems in Missouri or Kansas, call experienced Blue Springs alimony attorney Troy Leavitt at (816) 288-6000. Or write to him using this online form.
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