In Colorado, alimony is called maintenance and it is money paid from one party to another after a divorce. Maintenance is permissible in the state but certain factors will dictate if a court will award it. Some of the factors relevant to the court’s decision-making process will be considered in this post, but readers should talk to their family law attorneys about their maintenance questions.
One of the most important factors that a court will look at when the parties to a marriage begin their divorce and one requests maintenance is the length of the couple’s marriage. If a couple was married for only a short amount of time, a court may be less likely to award maintenance as the requesting party presumably was able to support themselves before they walked down the aisle. If a couple was married for decades, it may be more difficult for the requesting spouse to find a job and therefore they may truly be in need of financial help.
Additionally, a court will look at the ages and the capacities of the parties to work and earn incomes. In some cases one partner to a marriage may, for the benefit of their relationships and family, leave a paying job in order to manage their marital household. If they do not have the right job skills to find work then they may be awarded maintenance in order to help them get back on their feet.
The unique facts and circumstances of a divorce will dictate whether a Colorado court will award maintenance to a requesting party. Once it is awarded, though, the recipient of maintenance should understand its duration and other important information about the award to prepare themselves for the future.