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Alimony


The experienced Maryland Alimony Lawyers, at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. have successfully represented multitudes of individuals throughout the State of Maryland with their pursuit of, or defense of, Alimony claims.

Unlike Child Support, Alimony in Maryland is not dictated by any State Guidelines. The determination of whether to grant Alimony, what type of Alimony is appropriate and the duration that the Alimony will be granted is left to the discretion of the Court who has the directive of making Divorce equitable or fair for both parties.

The Court’s discretion with Maryland Alimony makes it all the more important that you have quality representation during your divorce. Without statutory guidelines or the effective characterization of your needs (or ability to pay) alimony, the Maryland Family Law Court could derive a decision that could inhibit your ability to “move on” post-divorce. The attorneys at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. will analyze the specific facts of your case and advise what type of outcome you may expect through the Court process; whether you are requesting alimony or defending such an alimony claim.

There are three types of alimony in the State of Maryland: Pendente Lite Alimony (temporary or pending the final litigation), Rehabilitative Alimony, and Permanent Alimony.

  • Pendente Lite Alimony - This form of Maryland Alimony is an award of support made during the divorce process itself. The goal of Pendente Lite Spousal Support is to maintain the status quo between the spouses that existed prior to the filing of the Divorce action so the requesting party will not suffer financial hardship pending the final resolution of the divorce proceedings. In making a Pendente Lite Alimony award, the Court will consider only the financial need of the spouse requesting support, the ability of the other spouse to pay such support, and the status quo. The Court may make the payment of the Pendente Lite Alimony retroactive to the time the original request was filed in the Court.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony – This form of Maryland Alimony is designed to bring a former spouse to a financial circumstance wherein they will be able to support themselves. Rehabilitative Alimony is not designed to maintain the lifestyle grown accustomed to within the marriage. It is designed to allow the former spouse to gain vocational skills. It is of a limited duration – being awarded in the amount of “x” for duration “y” (“x” being the amount of funds necessary to subsist and “y” being the duration that is needed for such ex-spouse to become self-sufficient).
  • Permanent Alimony – This form of Maryland Alimony is more often associated with long-term marriages and is sometimes called indefinite alimony. Permanent Alimony is designed to allow the ex-spouse to maintain the lifestyle he or she was accustomed to during the marriage. It is awarded in instances where the ex-spouse has no career options or skills; in essence, no chance of rehabilitation. Permanent Alimony is awarded until the receiving party remarries or until the death of either of the parties.
  • When the Maryland Court determines whether to award either Rehabilitative Alimony or Permanent Alimony, there are several factors that the court must consider and utilize; as follows:

    The ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partially self-supporting

  • The time required for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to be self-supporting
  • The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The contributions, monetary and non-monetary, of each party to the well-being of the family
  • The facts and circumstances leading to the dissolution of the marriage
  • The age, physical and mental condition of the parties
  • The ability of the party from whom alimony is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the party seeking alimony
  • All income and assets, including non-income producing property
  • Any marital property award
  • Such other factors as the court deems it necessary or appropriate to consider in order to arrive at a fair and equitable award of alimony

At The Drazin Law Center, P.A., our goal is to effectively assist through the difficult Divorce Court processes and the intricacies of Maryland Alimony to achieve the client’s goals and realistic expectations. The lawyers at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. offer knowledgeable, diligent, and experienced legal counsel that can effectively assist you.

Come meet with a member of our team for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION to learn more about how we can assist you.

Columbia Alimony Attorneys and Dundalk Alimony Attorneys serving clients with their Maryland Alimony needs throughout the State of Maryland; including, but not limited to, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Carroll County, and Harford County.

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