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Beginning Your New Life: Our Denver Spousal Support Attorney Helps You Move Forward

Divorce is a major milestone in life, one you likely did not anticipate or plan. It marks the end of an emotional relationship, but the separation goes even further. For years, you and your partner worked as a team, each bringing significant value to your day-to-day relationship. How do you separate those responsibilities when your marriage ends? Financially, what does your future look like?

Determining financial support after marriage can be difficult, and at times even contentious.

Individual incomes are not always comparable; how do you quantify the intangibles that were vital to caring for your family and managing your home? We can help.

Clearly, things are about to change, but they should be equitable. Getting your spouse to agree can be a challenge. Working with an experienced Denver alimony attorney is in your best interests. Engaging the services of a professional who not only understands the law but also appreciates how stressful this time can be can help ensure that your spousal maintenance plan is both appropriate and fair.

The spousal support attorneys at Price Family Law know Colorado divorce law inside and out and are experienced at providing advice and counsel during the alimony negotiations common during divorce. Contact us today at 720-615-1750 to schedule a free consultation.

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Paramount in each of our client relationships is the fact that our clients understand that we are committed to protecting their best interests and their futures. We know that the unknown can be frightening.  We share your concerns and, as such, make sure we take the time necessary to fully understand everything about your situation. Knowing both your history as well as your future plans helps us determine how best to build your case.

We take our responsibility as your attorney seriously; we enter every conversation and negotiation fully prepared.  Allow us to leverage our experience on your behalf. Contact us today.

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Getting Divorced and Concerned About Spousal Support? We Can Help.

Why Choose Price Family Law?

Embarking on a new life does not mean the past is forgotten. Quite the contrary. The specifics regarding a marriage determine both responsibility and assistance for the future.

The spousal support lawyers at Price Family Law are uniquely qualified to help you navigate this process. The combination of our experience, skill, and approach makes us the firm of choice for those seeking expert spousal support law firm services. Consider why.

  • Experience: Our firm, led by our partner Trista Price, is well-versed in the laws governing alimony and support and is familiar with the local Denver courts. We understand how the specific laws can impact your particular situation and we know the personalities and tendencies of the opposing counsel and judges. In all cases, knowledge is power, and we will leverage ours on your behalf.
  • Skill: Successfully negotiating spousal support can be like walking a tightrope. Your attorney needs to advocate for you while mitigating potential spite — not all divorces are amicable. We can do just that. Our team approaches each case with the right balance of aggressive negotiation and thoughtful communication.
  • Approach: We have made a commitment to providing all our clients with hands-on, responsive service. We appreciate the stress and emotions involved in support negotiations; when money is involved, emotions run high. We will walk you through the process, taking the time necessary to understand the intricacies of both your relationship with your ex and your finances. In situations like this, the little things matter, so our attention to detail is unparalleled. Trust us to carefully review all pertinent information and advocate for the support agreement that you need.

Under any circumstances, ending a marriage is difficult. However, when the process moves from amicable to contested, emotions run high, and the process often becomes nasty. The value of a seasoned contested divorce lawyer cannot be overstated.

Our Denver Spousal Maintenance Lawyers Knows Colorado Alimony Law

Determining Alimony in Colorado

In Colorado, alimony is often referred to as spousal support, and guidelines regarding it are determined by a law that took effect in January of 2014. The information provided is designed to be used as a guide — the courts have the right to use their judgment when finalizing details.

It is important to recognize that the guidelines are applicable only when a marriage is at least three years old, and the couple’s adjusted gross income is below $240,000. Additionally, gender is not taken into account; both men and women are eligible to receive support based upon their situations.

The details which the courts can take into account are considerable.  They include:

  • Economic Factors: This includes each person’s adjusted gross income, financial resources, and opportunity for potential income. Additionally, courts will look at incomes individually.  Did one person provide more financial support during the marriage?
  • Support: Did the actions of one spouse allow the other to continue their education or advance in their career?
  • Temporary Spousal Support: If this has been in effect, the court will review how much has been paid and for how long.
  • Marital Lifestyle: This refers to the way of life to which you and your spouse have become accustomed.
  • Date of  Marriage: The length of time you were married will impact support settlements.
  • Distribution of Marital Property: How assets were divided during the divorce plays a role.
  • Personal Details: This Includes factors such as the age of both spouses and their health (whether either has significant medical issues).

Understand, this list is not comprehensive; each case is composed of unique circumstances. The court can include additional factors to review should they deem them important. We are experienced in helping families in all income brackets, both those who fall under the income threshold stated above and those who are of higher net worth.

The Types of Spousal Support in Denver Can Vary

As you likely know, one size rarely fits all. The laws in Colorado take this into account. As such, there are several types of alimony that can be awarded. These include:

Temporary Support or Alimony: This type of support is often seen when one spouse was the primary earner in a family and the couple is no longer “sharing income.”  This is designed to provide much-needed assistance during the divorce process. Consulting with a support lawyer can help clarify the nuances of this arrangement.

Rehabilitative Support or Alimony: Quite often in a marriage, one spouse pursues a career while the other assumes responsibility for the home and family. This investment of time and energy is valuable and critical to the working partner’s success. Divorce signals the end of a singular household and a change in the way of life. In these situations, consulting a family court lawyer can be crucial. In order for the individual who was not working to obtain the skills and education necessary to work, assistance from the working spouse is often awarded for a specific period of time.

Reimbursement Support or Alimony: In some situations, one spouse financially supported the career training or education of the other, resulting in a certain job and income level. During the marriage, these earnings benefited both parties. However, once divorced, only the educated or trained individual will continue to benefit. In cases like this, support can be ordered to make things more equitable.

Permanent Support or Alimony: In certain and very specific situations, one spouse is unable to care for themselves for any one of a variety of reasons (disability, illness, age, etc.). In cases like this, permanent support may be ordered.

Our spousal support lawyers understand the intricacies of the different types of alimony and can help identify which is fair and appropriate in your situation and support your claims in court.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Alimony/Spousal Support

Our Spousal Maintenance Lawyer Addresses Some Common Concerns

Looking forward to your future, it is not surprising that you have questions regarding alimony. After all, the financial structure of your life is undergoing considerable change.  Below we have shared some of the questions our clients frequently ask, along with our responses to them.

No, it is not. According to (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 14-10-114(1)(c) (2021), marital fault is not taken into consideration when alimony is determined; thus, it is not applicable in alimony discussions. That said, if the infidelity impacted your family’s financial position, it could be considered. As your spousal support attorney, we would help present this claim and assist you in getting the support to which you are entitled.

Yes, you do. As your alimony lawyer we can request a lump-sum payment (if your ex has the assets). This would alleviate the concern of non-payment in the future. The court can also directly withhold the support from his paycheck. Continuous issues can result in punishment such as monetary fines, license revocation, and even jail.

Yes, in Colorado there are. First, if you were married for less than three years, you likely would not be eligible for any spousal support. For time longer than that, the Colorado Maintenance Duration table determines the amount of time an individual is entitled to alimony payments. That said, for longer marriages, those over 20 years, the court would determine the appropriate length of time for alimony.

Yes, it will. Alimony is considered income, and your ability to pay your portion of the costs associated with caring for your children is based on your income. When your income is increased because of alimony, it is not surprising that your child support may decrease.

Yes, you can. Colorado law recognizes that life rarely remains static. Thus, if you have had a change (lost a job, decrease in income or even illness or disability), you can petition the court to modify your agreement. This request can be made by either spouse — the one paying or the one receiving the support.

Clearly, this list of questions is not all-encompassing. The answer to many of the questions regarding spousal support are specific to the case at hand. Thus, we would need to know more about your situation in order to answer. Contact us at 720-615-1750 to schedule a free consultation.

Attorney Trista Price

Trista McElhaney Price is a founding partner at Price Family Law, LLC. She specializes in high-asset divorce cases and legal matters involving complex business and financial issues as well as complex custody matters involving domestic violence, substance abuse issues, and mental health issues. Read Full Bio.

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