Colorado law refers to “spousal maintenance,” which is the new legal term of art for alimony. They are the same thing.
Courts in Colorado consider a wide range of factors when determining the amount of alimony or maintenance that is appropriate for a spouse. One of the primary considerations is income, but there are a variety of other components included as well. For example, courts will consider both spouses’ ages, health, education, and employability. Many maintenance awards are for a limited period of time, though in some limited circumstances, permanent maintenance may be appropriate. The courts also look at the property division between the two parties to determine if maintenance is necessary.
Different judges see maintenance differently, so it is important you hire an attorney who has experience with a variety of courtrooms and judges and can thus effectively negotiate and advocate for your interests.
Colorado law does provide maintenance guidelines, but they are looser than those in the child support statute. While looking at the guidelines can be a helpful place for many people to start, many judges do not defer to the guidelines, so it is important you find an attorney who can argue all of the elements of your maintenance case.
Unless you agree to “contractual” maintenance that is non-modifiable, the answer is usually yes. If you or your ex-spouse’s circumstances have changed, you may want to ask an attorney whether modifying spousal maintenance is appropriate or helpful.
If you need a Colorado attorney that can assist you with maintenance cases, Dailey Law, P.C. can work with you to protect your interests. We have over 30 years of experience helping our clients with a variety of complex family law cases.
In maintenance cases, attorney and expert help is especially important when there are questions about actual or potential income (as in the case of a business owner or a spouse who is newly starting to work after several years out of the workforce). If you have a spousal maintenance issue, call the office to set a consultation!