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One of the biggest issues facing divorcing Colorado couples is that of spousal support. How much does each spouse need to rebuild his or her life and who determines that amount? Even in uncontested divorces, alimony or spousal support can be a trick subject to negotiate and agree upon. As such, it is important to have an experienced Boulder divorce attorney on your side to ensure that your interests are protected throughout the divorce process.
Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is the financial support that one spouse pays to the other after a divorce. This financial support is geared towards assisting the spouse with his or her financial needs and to ensure that one spouse is not left penniless or destitute after the end of a marriage.
In January 2014, a new alimony or spousal support law went into effect as part of the national alimony reform movement. Now, divorces that are filed in Colorado after January 1, 2014 will have a specific formula to use when calculating maintenance amounts. This law will help standardize spousal support payments and take some of the "bite" out of divorce negotiations.
Until now, divorcing couples would review a variety of factors to arrive at numbers for maintenance payments. Often bitter negotiations would ensure and courts would get involved. The result was often inconsistent maintenance orders and unpredictable outcomes for all parties involved.
The advisory guidelines will calculate the amount and duration that spousal support maintenance will continue for marriages between 3 and 20 years , as long as the annual combined income does not exceed $240,000.
As Colorado alimony law continues to change, it is even more important to have an experienced and skilled Boulder divorce attorney on your side. From the moment you step into our offices, you will sense the difference. At Goff & Goff, our Boulder divorce attorneys are focused on you and on protecting your rights to your property and maintenance support. By remaining focused on you, we are able to achieve extraordinary results during alimony negotiations.
There are often times in life when it is necessary to revisit a spousal support agreement and modify its terms. Major life events, deaths, and even re-marriages can all affect the original terms you and your ex-spouse agreed upon. If you are concerned about your existing spousal support agreement or wish to pursue modification of your alimony agreement, contact Goff & Goff today.
If you are considering divorce and have concerns or questions about spousal support, the Boulder family law attorneys at Goff & Goff can help. Contact the attorneys at Goff & Goff today for a free initial consultation. Call us at 303-872-0535 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.