October 10, 2014
Picking up from where What You Should Know about Spousal Support in Colorado Divorce (Pt. 1) left off, here are some more important facts to know about alimony in divorce.
Additional Facts about Spousal Support in Colorado Divorce…
Fact 3 – While fault is not a factor for considering the amount of spousal support in Colorado divorce, there are various other factors considered.
This is an important fact to be aware of, as it may counter some people’s assumptions about spousal support in Colorado divorce. Because Colorado is a “no fault” divorce state, fault will NOT be considered when resolving any legal issues of the divorce case. In other words, whether one spouse may have had extramarital affairs or otherwise may have been at fault for the divorce will be irrelevant when it comes to determinations regarding spousal support in Colorado divorce.
However, what will not be irrelevant to rulings regarding spousal support payments will be other factors related to each party’s financial standing. More specifically, the factors that WILL typically be taken into consideration when the court makes rulings regarding spousal support in Colorado divorce will usually include (but are not limited to):
- Whether either spouse has already been ordered to pay the other child support
- How long the marriage lasted
- The standard of living that was established during the course of the marriage
- The health and age of the individual who is requesting spousal support
- Whether the individual who will be paying this support can still financially support him or herself if these payments are ordered
- The current and future earning capacity of the individual who is requesting spousal support.
Fact 4 – Spousal support in Colorado divorce does NOT last forever.
Even “permanent” spousal support (when it is awarded as part of a marital settlement in divorce cases) does not last forever. In fact, the terms of a marital settlement will stipulate when these payments will stop, such as when one spouse remarries or after a certain amount of time has passed.
The point here is that both the payers of spousal support and the recipients of these payments need to be aware of the duration of these payments and what factors will result in the termination of these payments.
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some final important facts to know about spousal support in Colorado divorce.
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