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Colorado Alimony

Alimony is referred to as spousal support or maintenance in Colorado divorce laws.

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Temporary maintenance is awarded at the discretion of the Colorado divorce courts and may be given to either spouse when couples are filing divorce. Temporary maintenance is favored when the annual combined gross income of the spouses is $75,000 or less.

It is presumed that the spouse with the higher income will pay temporary maintenance to the spouse earning less. The award is determined by a specific calculation; if the calculation generates a number that is more than zero, that is the amount of temporary monthly alimony.

The calculation for temporary maintenance is:

40% of the higher earning spouse's month adjusted gross income - 50% of the lower income spouse's monthly adjusted gross income = maintenance award

It's possible to rebut this presumption; speak with a local Colorado divorce attorney to find out if you will pay or receive spousal support in your circumstances. If the calculation gives an answer that is zero or a negative number, it is presumed that temporary maintenance will not be awarded.

If the spouses make more than $75,000 combined, the Colorado divorce court may award alimony if one spouse is doesn't have a sufficient amount of property to provide for his or her reasonable needs.

This includes marital property awarded to him or her during Colorado property division. Alimony may also be awarded if one spouse is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment or is the custodial parent of a child whose circumstances make it appropriate that the custodial parent isn't employed outside the home.

Colorado alimony is a factor of divorce that depends on several circumstances. The Colorado divorce courts will consider issues when determining alimony such as:

  • Financial resources of the party seeking maintenance
  • Time the party seeking maintenance needs to get sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment
  • Future earning capacity of the party seeking employment
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Length of the marriage
  • Age and health of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • Ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet both parties' needs

Speak with a local divorce lawyer to find out more about Colorado alimony. A Colorado divorce attorney can talk to you about the circumstances of your divorce and how Colorado divorce law may affect your case. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Colorado divorce case review form.

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The above synopsis of Colorado divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Colorado divorce lawyer in your area.

Colorado divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.