Divorce may be far from a person's mind when they walk down the aisle with their intended. However, as readers of this blog know, divorce affects a number of first-time and subsequent marriages each and every year. Divorce is not just an issue for Colorado residents: across the nation, many marriages fail and end in divorce courts.
Earlier this year, this Colorado-based family law blog discussed how maintenance may be addressed during a divorce. Maintenance is the payment of support from one former partner to their ex, and maintenance may last for a varying amount of time. Whether maintenance will be awarded in a particular divorce will depend on many factors that are unique to the divorcing couple.
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.
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In generations past a person had to make claims of wrongdoing against their spouse in order to secure a divorce from them. These claims could include allegations of adultery, abuse or any number of other undesirable behaviors that may put significant strain on a marital relationship. While these accusations of fault may have provided clear grounds for why certain individuals wanted to be released from their marital relationships, they may have also been embarrassing or difficult to prove in Colorado courtrooms.