As a marriage comes to an end, it can be an extremely emotional time — a dangerous time to make far-reaching decisions. You’ll need an experienced, level-headed attorney in your corner to protect your rights and help you with the support negotiations.
What the Different Types Mean
A wide variety of factors are taken into account when determining the amount of spousal support that’s awarded. These include the length of the marriage, income, income potential of both parties, and the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage.
Spousal Maintenance — Usually ordered for longer-term marriages and not something the courts will easily modify later on. If either spouse has health issues or one spouse is not easily employable, spousal support will most likely be required in some amount.
Transitional — Quite common and more easily modified. This type of support is normally ordered for shorter durations. The payments are often used to help a non-working or less highly compensated spouse transition back into the workforce and become financially self-sufficient.